The play represents a stylistic departure from previous works, using a non-linear, poetic style, and is notable for its lack of staged violence that had been a hallmark of Kane's previous work. The author does not provide context, stage directions or descriptions of characters. The gender of the four characters (A, B, C, and M) is only identifiable from context within the play. Crave continues the theme of pain in love that Kane had explored with previous plays, but is stylistically a departure. Kane incorporated numerous allusions in the text of the play, especially to The Waste Land by T.S. Eliot.