Part 1: Chapter 1
• The Laurel Players stage their first production in suburban Connecticut in 1955, with a New York director giving them a pep talk before opening night, but the performance is doomed do the the amateur abilities of the actors.
• The opening serves to introduce April Wheeler as a beautiful, poised young woman, possessed of a lot of stage presence.
• During intermission, the audience wanders awkwardly around the high school building, disgruntled but unable to speak about the bad performance, while the cast wishes to only finish the second act and go home.
• Although no one wants to go back into the auditorium for the second half of the play, the suburbanites do return and politely sit through the play's conclusion, during which April Wheeler's acting descends to the level of the other cast members, or worse.
Part 1: Chapter 2
• Frank Wheeler catches a glimpse of the girl he fell...
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