Glengarry Glen Ross

We went back to Questors Theatre last night to catch Glengarry Glen Ross again. Luckily, the actors were all well this time. The play ran right through to the end, and I really relished the tenseness of the closing scenes.

In fact I’m glad I got to see the entire thing again, because they included a scene that they dropped from the first half of the play on the first night. It was the scene where Levene’s trying to get a couple of the premium Glengarry leads from Williamson and offers him a cut of his commission if he gets them (and where Williamson demands an additional $50 per lead, which Levene doesn’t have so the deal falls through for the moment). When they didn’t do it the first night I wasn’t sure whether it was intentional or accidental but I’m glad it was there last night. It deepens Levene’s desperation and shows that Williamson has a price too.

The other thing I enjoyed about last night’s production was the use of Chicago blues music – especially John Lee Hooker – before the show and during set changes. That worked really well.

As the other night: we neither expected, nor got, world-class acting. The guy playing Aaronow was a bit over-the-top, I thought. But no one was embarassingly bad. It was a lot of fun for me to watch, that’s for sure.



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