What happens when a child is imaginative and bright in ways that challenge social norms? Should the child be coached to emphasize or hide personality traits or behaviors deemed by some to be socially inappropriate? At what age do these questions begin to matter, to the children or to the parents?
In his director's notes for "Soups, Stews, and Casseroles: 1976," Seth Gordon notes that the play "asks questions that are important for us to contemplate and then leave us to work it out in the end. I've heard many an audience member tell me that his or her favorite play is the kind that keeps one talking about it for a long time after viewing."
Margie is a single mother with an adult dependent child, living in South Boston, a.k.a. 'Southie'. She has just lost her job. Her attempts to find a new job bring her into contact with an old boyfriend, Mike, now a successful doctor. This meeting of two worlds with a common origin explores issues of class, poverty and relationships in both a dramatic and often funny way.