Act I is driven with biting, painful, funny monologues and repartee. Like Appropriate, Act I is a study in well-structured play, while Act II clunks around a bit, looking for its own rhythm. In the Echo's production, this seems to be due to Director Chris Fields' missed opportunities of pace to lift Jenkins' words to their highest potential. It is a stark contrast to his clear vision in Act I. Make no mistake, the excellent design, mostly fantastic performances, and one of the best scripts among new plays, Gloria is a terrific evening of theatre.