1. Describe Flan and Ouisa at the beginning of the play.
Flan and Ouisa - two wealthy and fashionable New Yorkers - are completely flummoxed at the beginning of the play. Something dreadful has happened in their condo, and they frantically argue back and forth about their safety. Their dialogue is borderline incomprehensible in many respects.
2. During the opening moments of the play, what do Ouisa and Flan do onstage?
In the first moments of Act 1, Flan and Ouisa try to calm each other down after some traumatic moment in their condo. They search the rooms to make sure that all of their valuables are still in place.
3. Why is the dinner with Geoffrey so important to the Kittredges?
Geoffrey is a very wealthy man, and Flan is a private art dealer who is trying to amass funds for a Cezanne sale. Though Geoffrey is a good friend, both Flan and Ouisa need his financial help, making the dinner a touchy affair.
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