The play centers on two university faculty couples who get together at the home of the older couple after attending an official social function. Alcohol lubricates conversation, as the night devolves into peculiar party games during the wee hours such as Get The Guests and Hump The Hostess. Playwright Edward Albee brilliantly uses the situation to dissect American marital and sexual mores. His play also probes issues of class struggle and intergenerational conflict. The narrative even examines the place of American civilization in a changing world, in a script rife with metaphor.