In "Doin' the Box Step", Suzanne Falter-Barns gives us a zany comedy of manners about a young woman's return to her childhood home, the fiance she brings along to meet her mother, and the fireworks that follow.
It's been six years since Chelsea Cox set foot in Beechwood, an ultra-WASPy Philadelphia suburb where Lacoste shirts and blunt cuts are de riguer. Not it's Christmas and Chelsea is getting married.
The lucky man? Bennett Edwards, a stuffy, suspendered-and-bow-tied Princeton grad who subscribes to The Wall Street Journal and reads Town & Country cover to cover. Chelsea's mother is overjoyed. Her scapgrace daughter has finally forsworn her bohemian ways and is about to settle down. But then Mrs. Cox actually meets Bennett, and she's not so sure. For Bennett just happens to be black.
No one in Beechwood wants to be labeled a racist. But after sneaking off for a quickie in the pool house with a childhood sweetheart, even Chelsea begins to question her motives for marrying Bennett. And then there's the problem of Mrs. Cox, who is about to be driven past the point of despair by her daughter's latest lifestyle choices.
"Doin' the Box Step" is a funny and tender story of rebellious love, difficult intimacy, aand the age-old conflict between mother and daughter.