"Blasted" is known for a number of qualities. Marin Ireland, who acted in the play when it was produced by the SoHo Rep, found it "violent and scary." Reviewing that production for The New York Times, Mark Blankeship said that the play subjected viewers to " Jacobean-style horror." It is known to drawn metaphorical parallels between sexual violence and the violence of war. The Literary Encyclopedia called the play "raw" due to explicit violence, and notes that it was quite controversial when first produced. A final defining quality is that the play's world splits into two parts, one that is largely realistic, and one that is a nightmarish dreamscape.