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The Glen

From 3 critic and 30 member reviews
Members say: Absorbing, Slow, Great acting, 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.

Slow, Ambitious, Quirky

See it if You want to see individual actors playing multi rolls well

Don't see it if You’re impatient and don’t want to see a short story told in long version

Slow, Dated, Confusing

See it if you'd like a story with not much story behind it. Gay man comes of age in small town and in army from 1920-50's.

Don't see it if you want a strong story. Play jumps between '20s and 50's. At first confusingly, it becomes distracting w/ too many short scenes.

Too long, Confusing, Disappointing

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

Insipid, Disappointing

See it if If you are in the mood for a show that is "fantastic" in the truest meaning of the word.

Don't see it if if you want a show where the writer demonstrates at least some familiarity with historical reality.

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Disappointing, Indulgent, 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. .

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

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.

During previews
Fluffy, Disappointing, Ambitious

See it if Promising plot

Don't see it if Gay overtones.

Cast & Creatives (10)