Act 1, Part 1* The play begins with an introduction from the Stage Manager, a character who performs several functions throughout the play: narrator, philosopher, stagehand, and occasionally actor. * He describes the layout of the town, paying particular attention to the homes of the Gibbs and Webb families. * We see other members of the Gibbs family, including Mrs. Gibbs, who comes into her kitchen to prepare breakfast, and who later dies while out West visiting her daughter, Rebecca. * As Mrs. Gibbs and Mrs. Webb bustle around their kitchens; Doc Gibbs encounters the paperboy, Joe, and we learn that Dr. Gibbs was out all night delivering twins. * After encountering Howie Newsome, the town milkman, out on his rounds, Doc Gibbs returns home just as Mrs. Gibbs and Mrs. Webb are calling to their children to get up. * Mrs. Gibbs gently chides Doc Gibbs for not getting enough rest, and then asks...
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