The Glen
72

The Glen NYC Reviews and Tickets

72%
(31 Reviews)
Positive
71%
Mixed
26%
Negative
3%
Members say
Absorbing, Slow, Great acting, Confusing, Ambitious

About the Show

In this new play, Dale Olsen grows up as the adopted son of a sheltered Grass Valley family until, in 1951 he is drafted into the Army and embarks on a journey of self-discovery, while at home a mystery awaits.

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87
Absorbing, Intelligent, Relevant, Resonant

See it if Sequence of events work well with the "scattering" of times of the events Esp. good work by Matthew Dalton Lynch & Daniel Stompor. (ALSO)

Don't see it if Small theater(a plus too)ergo limited seating.One role needs more time to get the lines ( viewed very early) Lead had his stripe before .. Read more

79
Intelligent, Resonant, Absorbing, Slow, Entertaining

See it if you are interested in the tensions at play in the 1950's for orphans, gay men, the Korean conflict, financial struggles, well acted & staged

Don't see it if you are easily confused by many scenes in two acts that change time periods to tell the story. Editing and tightening would make this shine.

Critic Reviews (3)

TheaterScene.net
February 4th, 2019

"There’s a cavalcade of colorful characters and many compelling incidents but redundancy and vagueness abound. It’s possible that fashioning the skillful dialogue into more exposition could streamline this morass into a work of momentum. Instead, the crammed play maddeningly drags on for two and half hours absent selectivity or a disciplined structure, ultimately making little impact...If viewed as a workshop does succeed in revealing its virtues amidst its defects."
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On Stage Blog
February 19th, 2019

"A very heartwarming and sometimes, tragic story that many can relate...This play, at its core is about Dale discovering who he is and what places, people, and things make that up. The nonlinear use of time allowed for these discoveries to been seen with a perspective that would not have been achieved using linear time...'The Glen' was a lovely coming of age story that had me walking out of the theatre with tears in my eyes and smile on my face."
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T
February 14th, 2019

"A ‘must see’ play...With all of the jumping back and forth from year to year and from one location to another, the play does get a bit confusing as to where we are at any given moment...Mercifully the actors, as well as the writing, both so wonderful, quickly bring us back to our senses, even as we uncross our eyes...There are a number of extremely moving scenes beautifully executed by the actors, all of which hit home."
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