Within this conflict of values is a clash about art. Dominic, a director of exploitative films and television, contends that the theater is a dead form. Esme stands in for the continued vitality of the stage. The final act finds her having lost everything--her home, her financial independence, and her daughter--but performing brilliantly in a new play that she describes as "sincere." We see her failings redeemed through commitment to her craft. The same might justly be said of the man who wrote the play.
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