With an overbearing single mother living vicariously through her children and a dad who had a serious accident at work and lost his job this week's theater offerings deal with families, their struggles and their bonds. Oh, and you can also catch a little escape to simpler times.
Here are the new shows opening this week:
"The Glass Menagerie," Monday through Aug. 23, Around the Globe Theatre Company, Rose Wagner, 138 W. Broadway.
Tennessee Williams' classic drama is considered one of the most famous plays of American theater. "Menagerie" is a semi-autobiographical play about a St. Louis family being forced to face reality.
The ATG production stars Linda Eyring, Morgan Long, JayC Stoddard and Bob Lanoue.
Shows are nightly at 7:30 p.m., with a special matinee on Aug. 23 at 2 p.m., $10-$12 (801-355-2787 or www.arttix.org).
"The Golden Age of Wireless," Utah Theatre Artists Company, Thursday through Saturday, Midvale Amphitheater, 455 W. 7500 South, Midvale.
This is the third and final installment of the old-time radio programs. Every week has featured different episodes. Bring the whole family to listen to wonderful '40s and '50s American radio classics like "XMinus1," "The Bickersons" and "The Whistlers," all staged with live music and sound effects. Starring Antonia Horne, Jeff Owen, Hank Pond and Kristie Wallace.
Seating is grass-only, so bring a blanket, lawn chairs and a picnic basket. Curtain is 7:30 p.m., $5, with a portion going to the South Valley Boys and Girls Club.
"Oklahoma!" Saturday through Sept. 1, Lehi City Arts Council, Thanksgiving Point Show Barn.
The classic Rodgers and Hammerstein musical about down-to-earth folks looking for love in the wide open west. One of Broadway's most beloved, with songs like "People Will Say We're In Love," "Oh What a Beautiful Morning," and the title song. Starring, Gordon Thomas, Shae Bunker, Lacey Jackson, Curtis Simmons and Brian Allred.
Shows are nightly , except Sunday, at 7:3 p.m., $12-$15 (www.thanksgivingpoint.com)
"Rockrollers and Pancakes," Friday through Aug. 29, Valley Center Playhouse, 780 N. 200 East, Lindon.
An original work by Springville resident Bill Brown. Based on his true-life experiences of his Utah County family who was evicted from their home for nonpayment. Homeless, with very little money, they were forced to live in a tent in the campground at Vivian Park in Provo Canyon. The family camped out that spring and summer of 1952. "As children we really enjoyed ourselves," said Brown. Don't miss the 10th anniversary of this delightful and poignant comedy.
Shows are Monday, Friday and Saturday nights, 7:30 p.m., $5-$6 with family passes available, (801-785-1186 or www.vcpnews.com).