This drawing-room comedy is a modern verse play about the search for meaning, in which a psychiatrist is the catalyst for the action. "Eliot really does portray real-seeming characters. He cuts down his poetic effects to the minimum, and then finally rewards us with most beautiful poetry" (Stephen Spender).
As you would expect, Eliot's prose reads like poetry. The cadence and interplay of dialogue is sharp and lyrical.
This is a fine read from a 20th century master.
This play deals will the major social issues of separation, divorce, and adultery, showing a couple suffering from all three, and their proposed resolution. It also deals with the completion one can find either in having a true purpose in life, or by finding wholeness in another person.
This Tony award-winning play is definitely worth a read by any fan of drama, but probably best avoided by readers of lighter material.