The semiotics of the "Sister Cities" set

The set of a play is more than just the background for the action.  In a black-box space like ours with no curtain, it's the first thing that an audience member knows about the play; it sets the tone and can lay down thematic foundations for the production.  Let's take a deep dive into what the Sister Cities set is telling us.  (SPOILERS ahead on a significant plot point.)