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Glengarry Glen Ross | Scene Summaries

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Timeline of Events

  • Beginning of the month

    A sales contest kicks off. The winner gets a Cadillac, and the worst performers lose their jobs.

    Act 1, Scene 1
  • Tuesday evening

    Shelly Levene unsuccessfully tries to bribe John Williamson for better leads.

    Act 1, Scene 1
  • Later that evening

    Dave Moss tells George Aaronow to rob the office so they can sell the leads to a competitor.

    Act 1, Scene 2
  • Later that evening

    Richard Roma meets James Lingk.

    Act 1, Scene 3
  • A few hours later

    Roma closes a deal with Lingk and his wife, which makes him the winner of the sales contest.

    Act 1, Scene 3
  • Hours later

    Levene steals the premium leads from the office.

    Act 2
  • Wednesday morning

    Levene closes a significant deal with the Nyborgs.

    Act 2
  • At the same time

    Williamson discovers the office has been robbed.

    Act 2
  • Soon after

    Detective Baylen begins interviewing the salesmen about the robbery.

    Act 2
  • Not long after

    Levene arrives, feigning surprise about the robbery.

    Act 2
  • Late morning

    Lingk arrives. He wants to cancel his deal with Roma, who tries to calm him down.

    Act 2
  • Minutes later

    Williamson inadvertently sabotages Roma's deal with Lingk.

    Act 2
  • Moments later

    Levene scolds Williamson for interfering with Roma's deal.

    Act 2
  • A few minutes later

    Williamson realizes Levene is the burglar. Levene confesses.

    Act 2
  • A few minutes later

    Roma emerges from his interview with Baylen and asks Levene to be his sales partner.

    Act 2
  • Immediately after

    A subdued Levene goes to the inner office for his interview with Baylen.

    Act 2

Scene Summaries Chart

Scene Summary
Act 1, Scene 1 John Williamson and Shelly Levene share a booth at a Chinese restaurant. Levene, an investment property salesman, is try... Read More
Act 1, Scene 2 Dave Moss and George Aaronow share a booth at the Chinese restaurant. Aaronow is pretty sure he's going to lose his job ... Read More
Act 1, Scene 3 Richard Roma and James Lingk are seated in adjoining booths at the Chinese restaurant. Roma is philosophizing about life... Read More
Act 2 Act 2 takes place in the real estate sales office, which was robbed the night before. The thieves stole everything, incl... Read More
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