THE ICEMAN COMETH by EUGENE O'NEILL
Man lives by illusion, dies by reality. So sayeth O'Neill. The derelicts in Harry Hope's bar come from all of life's fallen ranks −army officers, Harvard men, journalists, pimps and floozies.
Their only hope lies in alcoholic pipe-dreams. Their fondest desire is a visit from Hickey, a gladhanding traveling salesman who conjures inexplicable laughter out of the barflies' brimming cups with the tale of how his lonely wife is finding sexual solace with an iceman.
This time Hickey has changed. He is off the booze and wants to save the in mates of the cafe with a...