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