Act 1, Scene 1
• The telephone is ringing in the Dowd mansion and Myrtle Mae Simmons answers
• The phone call is for Myrtle Mae Simmons' mother, Veta Simmons.
• The call is from the Society Editor of the local paper.
• There are guests in the other parts of the house.
• Myrtle Mae Simmons announces that Ethel Chauvenet, a very important guest has arrived.
• Veta Simmons mentions Ethel Chauvenet has a grandson about Myrtle Mae Simmons' age.
• Myrtle Mae Simmons complains about her "screwball" uncle wrecking her social plans.
• Myrtle Mae Simmons makes disparaging comments about her uncle, Elwood Dowd, and his friend, Harvey.
• Veta Simmons mentions her mother had left everything to Elwood Dowd and the mansion was his.
• Elwood Dowd enters the room, wearing a hat and raincoat and carrying another hat and raincoat.
• Elwood Dowd is seemingly alone, but is conversing with someone not seen.
• Elwood Dowd refers to...
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