The well‑made play
defined a "well-made" play and declared a well-made play must have the following elements.
Plot is important and must follow a formula of development, of action and reaction.
To advance plot, there must be theatrical suspense and entanglements. The unravelings,
discoveries, reversals, and confrontations are part of the suspense and entanglements. Most importantly, the plot must uphold
the morality of the patriarchal family.