The use of the word “official” in this stage direction adds a sense of urgency and importance to the scene. The actors are playing officials, so they are expected to come across as important and reliable. However, this stage direction implies that there is more at stake than just a regular day at work. The company is in danger of going bankrupt and closing down, so the characters must act as if everything is normal, even though they are aware of the situation. Additionally, there is an air of mystery surrounding the situation, as we don’t know why there are rumors of bankruptcy or what was said by other employees who were fired earlier in the day. This creates tension, as we feel like something big is about to happen, but we don’t know what it is yet.
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