Thoughts: In his lengthy preface, Sherwood explains that this play is the sequel to Idiot's Delight, in which Dr. Valkonen was a minor character stuck at the hotel with a zany crew of fellow cast mates (Pulitzer Prize, 1936).
Once again, I feel like Sherwood had a lot to say, but perhaps a play was not the best possible platform for his thoughts. When the characters of the play are interacting with plot-driven dialogue, the play moves quickly and believable characters and relationships are created. However, the bulk of this play (like Abe Lincoln in Illinois and Idiot's Delight) is made up of lengthy monologues about the nature of humanity and war. In his thirty page preface, Sherwood quotes extensively from his other works and seems to make many of the same arguments that he has made before--war is not the end of humanity, but instead a chance to reflect on our mistakes and learn from them, though he seems dubious about that actually happening.
"Patriotism as now practiced is one of the most virulent manifestations of evil" (79).