A man stands on a blank stage.
“MURDERER!” he yells at another man who stands across from him.
[the man who stands across is slightly taller]
In reply, the tall man takes out a small silver dog whistle and, putting it to his lips, blows a piercing shrill silent blast upon it [which the audience almost imagines they can hear].
Several members of the audience become enraged at the sound. Others commence performing strange acts including but not limited to:
covering their ears,
hiding under their seats,
stuffing their programs in their mouths,
A silence comes over the theatre, and the first man [the shorter one] chants the first stanza of an old dirty limerick to his opposite.
“There once was a young man named Enos…”
[the opposite man tries to imagine the next line of the limerick]
“Whose genitalia was disproportionately large.”
Many in attendance rise and leave the theatre.
End of Act 1.