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The Glory of the World

From 20 member  reviews
Members say: Entertaining, Confusing, Great staging, Indulgent, Ambitious

About the show

BAM presents a new play from writer-director duo Charles Mee and Les Waters centering on the Catholic monk and mystic Thomas Merton. More…

The Solo cups are overflowing at the centennial birthday festivities of renowned Catholic monk Thomas Merton, author of 'The Seven Storey Mountain.' Men in party hats assemble somewhere between Trappist monastery and plywood warehouse to toast Merton’s many faces, asking: What makes a man? As the night devolves, each facet of Merton’s contested image inspires more speeches, slow dances, makeouts, fist fights, and silent reflections, amassing a layered portrait of what it is to be a human being, full of contradictions and brimming with life.

Member Reviews (20)


Entertaining, Confusing, Great staging, Indulgent, Ambitious
Avg Score

Confusing, Dizzying, Hilarious, Indulgent, Edgy

See it if You enjoy something unusual, experimental, inventive; you appreciate excess, you care more about presentation than narrative

Don't see it if You need narrative structure, you expect logic and sense, too much physical theater turns you off, you can't let things go

Long, Obscure

See it if You know little about Thomas Merton, and would like to know less.

Don't see it if Any situation other than the above prevails.

Entertaining, Chaotic, Amusing, Uneven, Fun

See it if You like physical theater, are open-minded about irreverent approaches to profound questions, and would enjoy the spectacle of men at play.

Don't see it if You know/care about Merton (the link is faint), require a plot, dislike plotless hyper-physicality. A 20-min fight scene is 17 min too long

Indulgent, Excruciating, Dated, Cliched, Banal

See it if u like-what 17?-beefy men, some older, mostly younger, full of cliches of masculine behavior & self-indulgent crap-ola. Thomas Merton? B.S.

Don't see it if if u're embarrassed by theatrical talent indulging itself to a fair-thee-well plus gratuitous exploitation of holy guru, T Merton. S.T.F.A.

Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Great staging, Quirky

See it if you'd enjoy an esoteric version of Animal House. Come for the Merton, stay for the giant fight melee!

Don't see it if you don't enjoy plays or hate slow beginnings & endings. Also, don't see it if you take your own philosophies too seriously.

Ambitious, Delightful, Entertaining, Confusing, Great staging

See it if you want to see a joyful, colorful show with a lot of chaos, you love physical theater.

Don't see it if you really want to see a straight-ahead play about Thomas Merton; you have an aversion to the cliches of avant garde theater.

Ambitious, Entertaining, Edgy, Intelligent, Indulgent

See it if you are open to spectacle: raucous abandon and freeform musings on manhood loosely tied to an historical figure. A philosophical bro comedy.

Don't see it if you want structure and plot OR a biography of Thomas Merton.

Entertaining, Great staging, Thought-provoking, Original

See it if You like unique theatrical experiences.

Don't see it if You prefer plays with linear stories and structured plots.

Ambitious, Confusing, Disappointing, Excruciating, Overrated

See it if You're a Thomas Merton fan who wants to reexamine his legacy and question everything. Synchronized swimming or chainsaw battling abound

Don't see it if You expect the play to give you any answers or make any conclusions. So open-ended that it's clichéd. Ominously presented by all male cast

Dizzying, Excruciating, Great staging, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if You don't mind things that don't tell you what to think. This show simply asks, "how do I live?".

Don't see it if you don't enjoy shouting and monotonous spastic (but amusing) physical movement.

Clever, Entertaining, Disappointing, Absorbing, Innovative

See it if You like me, I mean, Mee. It's a visual and verbal epigrammatic exploration of spiritual musing.

Don't see it if You really wanted a linear exploration of Thomas Merton

Enchanting, Great staging, Hilarious

See it if different

Don't see it if youre easily offended

Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Clever

See it if You like religious themes.

Don't see it if You don't like edgy interpretations.

Joyous, Challenging structure, Brilliant staging, Funny

See it if you're okay with a piece of theatre not necessarily being what is usually thought of as a "play."

Don't see it if you want something with traditional dialogue and drama.

Disappointing, Indulgent

See it if you like " Silly" trying to be smart. There were a few funny moments. But mostly is was self indulgent and all over the place.

Don't see it if I would say just skip it.

Absorbing, Confusing, Entertaining, Intense, Quirky

See it if You're looking for contemporary theatre and want something to be analyzing the next few days

Don't see it if You want a story or plot line you can understand and follow. Show seems random at best

Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining, Intelligent, Profound

See it if You love dudes being dudes and humans being humans.

Don't see it if You have an aversion to beautiful men twerking on walls.

Confusing, Great acting, Indulgent, Random

See it if You are entertained by random strangeness and don't mind a lack of plot or character.

Don't see it if You have a low tolerance for nonsensical, sometimes silly art pieces.

Entertaining, Absorbing, Clever, Edgy

See it if you would like to see what Sam Beckett would have done if he had been filled with joy

Don't see it if you don't like existential questions

Ambitious, Confusing, Edgy, Chaotic

See it if If you like provocative very experimental stuff.

Don't see it if You don't get philosophical edgy material

January 21st, 2016
"The dialogue tends to be overshadowed by the frantic antics...Only in its prologue and coda does the show provide some solid, graspable idea of Merton’s beliefs and practices. During these passages spiritual questions are projected onto the set...Granted, these queries can be gnomic and obscure,...
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January 21st, 2016
"Much of the evening is spent in dance numbers or neon-lit mayhem, all of which seems to go on several moments too long...You may find yourself frustrated that a work about a thinker refuses to sustain any single thought. This, we realize in the show's final moments, is the point...By the end, th...
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January 21st, 2016
"It seems as if Mee wants to emphasize the virtues of meditation by contrasting frenzied physical activity with its complete absence. But who wants to sit through 90 minutes of repeated nonsense juxtaposed against stillness? Others may find more meaning to it, or they may simply enjoy all the sil...
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January 21st, 2016
"'The Glory of the World' feels hastily constructed and half-considered. Plot lines are introduced and then quickly abandoned…Les Waters directs with hyper-exuberance, as one would the workshop of a play that has not yet decided what it wants to be…'The Glory of the World' is a fascinating hodgep...
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