It's a story of broken people in broken relationships, who have created twisted means of surviving their unsatisfying lives. It obviously struck a cord with a lot of people in the tumultuous 1960s when it was released around such events as the Medgar Evers murder in Jackson, Mississippi; the Viet Cong's first victory during the Vietnam War; Martin Luther King's 'I Have a Dream' speech; and the assassination of John F. Kennedy.
While I so admired the performances, I have to admit, it was a very difficult play for me to watch. I came from an abusive background, and this play hit way too close to home for me. I was nearly in tears at several points during the performance.
It just speaks to the power the arts can have, the impact they can make. I don't think anybody who has ever watched the play or the movie walks away completely the same.