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New York | 2h 0m | Ends Feb 16

The Glen

From 1 critic and 25 member reviews
Members say: Absorbing, Great acting, Slow, Confusing, Thought-provoking

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. More…

"The Glen" follows Dale’s journey by way of present day action and flashbacks, from innocence to maturity, tracking his uncertain path as a private falsely accused of insubordination by an underhanded army major, through his affair with a possible spy in 1950s Berlin and back to his ultimate confrontation with his unforgiving mother and the secret she has hidden from him all his life. "The Glen" is dramatic and comic, an epic journey of memory, secrets, love, humor and self-discovery.



49
TheaterScene.net

"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." Full Review


90
Absorbing, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy intelligently written drama.

Don't see it if you need an elaborate set to understand what is happening.

89
Great acting, Slow, Could have been done in one act not two

See it if could have been done in one act - theme was self discovery but divided timelines were a bit too much

Don't see it if if you don't like small plays in a small space and where you can hear other shows going on around you during the performance

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 ..

Also Stripe before the promotion........ Read more Read less

85
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Great writing

See it if You like family intrigues, this one is a whopper.

Don't see it if You’re looking for a quick fix of entertainment The Glen is a bit long.

81
Clever, Thought-provoking

See it if I loved this low-key show about a naive country boy trying prove himself in life. Great actors who made a show out of air!

Don't see it if Not into slow paced performances.

80
Absorbing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if You appreciate a well told coming of age story that explores emerging sexuality and gender issues.

Don't see it if You prefer straight and linear exposition.

Also Good use of flashbacks to provide exposition and backstory. Excellent ... Read more Read less

79
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if You want to see a play about a family and their son and his coming of age. You want to see some great acting performed in a small space.

Don't see it if You need an elaborate production. You are not interested in seeing a play about a family and their issues and the coming of age of the son.

79
Absorbing, Intelligent, Resonant, 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.

77
Intelligent, Intense, Resonant

See it if You enjoy a look back at LGBT life in the 40s/50s.

Don't see it if You require a straight-line narrative.

77
Absorbing, Great acting, Confusing, Slow

See it if Young man coming of age story.

Don't see it if Its 2 hr 20 minutes. Not fast paced.

Also At first I was little confusing for parts of the play is the past and ... Read more Read less

75
Confusing, Slow, Needs work, Mostly well acted

See it if interested in coming of age story of a confused young man, his family & it's secrets, & time in army during Korean war years.

Don't see it if you don't like non linear story line, many short scenes sometimes confusing in time shifts. Slow moving.

Also Promising premise but needs tightening & editing.

75
Absorbing, Clever, Thought-provoking, Quirky

See it if You enjoy non-linear stories revealed through many short scenes. It’s like a series of someone’s memories washing over you gradually.

Don't see it if You need a linear story.

75
Absorbing, Intense, Profound, Confusing

See it if Issues surrounding a man's quest for his background amid issues of sexual identity, family dysfunction and secrecy might pique your interest

Don't see it if If you have trouble following time sequences which go back and forth throughout. Can be confusing at times. But story is compelling

Also Very small venue with a simultaneously staged and loud play next door ... Read more Read less

74
Absorbing, Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Confusing, Cliched

See it if you enjoy new work, time-jumping plots, family secrets, military experiences, gay coming of age tales, mother-son relationships,

Don't see it if expect full-scale production values, uncomfortable with gay story lines, non-linear plotting, frustrating military stories, naive hero

70
Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Slow

See it if you like to watch plays that revolve around LGBTQ topics in regards to life and life in the US military

Don't see it if you aren't interested in LGBTQ topics, or like faster paced plays

70
Great acting, Indulgent, Great writing, Confusing

See it if you enjoy coming of age stories you like intimate blackbox theater you like family stories and revelations of family secrets

Don't see it if you get confused by backstories and flashbacks

70
Great acting, Thought-provoking, Confusing

See it if you would like to see a play that has potential. deals with gay issues in the military from way back. a bit long.

Don't see it if none of that interest you.

70
Absorbing, Ambitious, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy a work in progress. THE GLEN needs a dramaturge to winnow down four acts and twenty-seven scenes. The story is worth it.

Don't see it if you expect a polished tale or if you prefer a director who is not the playwright.

65
Confusing, Disappointing, Too long

See it if You are interested in a naive boy discovering his sexuality for 2 1/2 hours with no surprises or drama

Don't see it if You want a fast paced linear plot with effective acting that builds to dramatic conclusion

55
Indulgent, Disappointing, Slow

See it if you like shows about family relationships and coming of age stories.

Don't see it if you don’t like shows that are overly long with many scenes and a very slow plot development. .

52
Slow, Well acted, Poorly directed, Too many scene/time jumps

See it if you want to see something early in development; if you don't mind a meandering script. The lead actor was legitimately good.

Don't see it if you're bothered by unnecessary time leaps, uneven writing & directing, or a play without a driving narrative.

49
Disappointing, Cliched, Disjointed

See it if You don't early drafts of a possibly interesting show. There is an interesting story to be told but it need much refinement and focus.

Don't see it if You want a fully developed play. The scenes occur in random order and the production values are near zero. Several actors were amateurish.

70
Ambitious, Slow, Somewhat banal, Sometimes confusing, Good ensemble w/ some standouts

See it if you're content with a workmanlike production with no great payoff. A few notable performances and overall earnestness may justify a look.

Don't see it if an historical gay coming of age theme has no interest or if any gay theme offends you.

70
During previews
Entertaining, Minimal set, Capably acted, Relevant historically

See it if Multiple quick-cut screenplay-like scenes trace the life of a boy drafted during the Korean war who stumbles into discovery of his identity.

Don't see it if You are interested in a more contemporary portrayal of these issues, relevant to more recent and current generations.

69
During previews
Ambitious, Disappointing, Fluffy

See it if Promising plot

Don't see it if Gay overtones.


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