Miller calls “Salesman” a “memory play.” Similarly, Un-Hinged has three, parallel time-frames: scenes in the 1960’s, scenes in the 1980’s and Glen’s monologues which seem to occur in a never-ending present tense. So, it may seem to the audience that everything which happens is simultaneously being remembered by Glen.
Miller gives his characters everyday language, but he sometimes tricks the ear of the audience with an unlikely word choice, as when Charley says, “A salesman is got to dream.” We would expect “has got to dream,” but for a moment we also marvel at what a salesman is. Krista Knight sprinkles the same sort of vernacular poetry throughout Un-Hinged.
Willy Loman believes that if a man is “well-liked” he will be “loved and helped and remembered.” Of course, that is not true, and that is his downfall, but he makes us wish it were true. Glen also has a belief that guides everything he does: that helping a family can make him part of that family. As with Willy, this is his downfall, but, as Charley says at the end of “Salesman,” “No one dast blame this man.”
The role of Glen looks better every time I look at it; and I look at it every day. The playwright and Wily West have made me the first actor to play this amazing role in this great play. I am forever grateful to them.