Perhaps the most well received of T.S. Eliot’s seven plays, The Cocktail Party interpolates many essential elements from Alcestis by Euripides. The play was extremely popular in the London and New York theaters due to the richness and complexity of its content. At the pivot of this play is a couple with a trouble marriage. They are helped by a mysterious stranger and hence, able to sort things out in life.
The play shows an intimate side of human relations and projects the reality of the human psyche in such relationships. It is this intensity of the play that has made it both entertaining and reflective of human nature.