The play is set in the dining room of a typical well-to-do household, the place where the family assembled daily
for breakfast and dinner and for any and all special occasions. The action is a mosaic of interrelated scenes—some funny,
some touching, some rueful—which, taken together, create an in-depth portrait of a vanishing species: the upper-middle-class WASP.
The actors change roles, personalities and ages with virtuoso skill as they portray a wide variety of characters,
from little boys to stern grandfathers, and from giggling teenage girls to Irish housemaids. Each vignette introduces a new set of people and events;
a father lectures his son on grammar and politics; a boy returns from boarding school to discover his mother's infidelity;
a senile grandmother doesn't recognize her own sons at Christmas dinner; a daughter, her marriage a shambles, pleads futilely to return home, etc.
Dovetailing swiftly and smoothly, the varied scenes coalesce, ultimately, into a theatrical experience of exceptional range, compassionate humor and abundant humanity.