The lack of sensuality reinforces one important part of Inge's play: when all is said and done, when the drunks sober up and the horniness is appeased, all the characters are revealed as decent people. In a moment like this one, among audiences like these, that's a powerful assertion—and it's likely to resonate as long as people need reassurance that in our deepest, darkest heart, maybe we're not so dark after all.
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