The Piano Lesson

When: Sundays, 2 p.m. and Thursdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m. Continues through Oct. 25 2015

Few playwrights capture familial tension, strife and love better than August Wilson. His Pulitzer Prize-winning 1990 play, The Piano Lesson, introduces us to the Charles family. Set against the backdrop of the Great Depression in 1936 Pittsburgh, the family fights over a valuable treasure: an heirloom piano. Some members want to sell the instrument in order to secure a better economic future, while others see it as a meaningful connection to the past. This affecting show explores the intricacies of — and breaking points within — family relationships. Clayton Community Theatre presents The Piano Lesson at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday (October 15 through 25) at the Washington University South Campus Theatre (6501 Clayton Road, Richmond Heights; 314-721-9228 or Tickets are $12 to $20.

Brooke Foster

Price: $12-$20