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The Glen

From 31 member  reviews
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. 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.


Member Reviews (31)

MEMBERS SAY:

Absorbing, Slow, Great acting, Confusing, Ambitious

68
Confusing, Dated, Slow

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.

55
Disappointing, Insipid

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.

Also Only the protagonist's relationship with his adopted mother and his 2n... Read more Read less

69
Quirky, Ambitious, Slow

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

67
Ambitious, Confusing, Quirky

See it if you want to feel the sadness of another.

Don't see it if you do not like to feel the pain of others.

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

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.

65
Disappointing, Confusing, 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
Slow, Indulgent, Disappointing

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. .

During previews
69
Ambitious, Disappointing, Fluffy

See it if Promising plot

Don't see it if Gay overtones.


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 ...
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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 ach...
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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...
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