Descriptions for the shows listed below were provided by the theaters producing them. They have been lightly edited for clarity.
The Ziegfeld Theater, 3934 S. Washington Blvd., Ogden
Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and three Tony Awards, this new musical explores how one suburban household copes with crisis and mental illness. A deeply moving piece of theater, “Next to Normal” redefines musicals for a modern audience.
Dad’s an architect; Mom rushes to pack lunches and pour cereal; their daughter and son are bright, wise-cracking teens, appearing to be a typical American family. And yet their lives are anything but normal because the mother has been battling manic depression for 16 years, but that’s only the beginning of their problems. “Next to Normal” takes audiences into the minds and hearts of each character, presenting their family’s story with love, sympathy and heart.
Performances: 7:30 p.m. Wednesday to Saturday through Sept. 30; 6:30 p.m. Sundays through Oct.1; 2 p.m. Saturdays through Sept. 30
Tickets: $17-19 at zigarts.com or call 855-944-2787
Beverly’s Terrace Plaza Playhouse, 99 E. 4700 South, Washington Terrace
Based on Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic thriller, Jekyll & Hyde is the gripping tale of a brilliant mind gone horrifically awry, set to a powerful pop-rock score. In an attempt to cure his ailing father’s mental illness by separating “good” from “evil” in the human personality, talented physician Dr. Jekyll inadvertently creates an alternate personality of pure evil, dubbed Mr. Hyde, who wreaks murderous havoc on the city of London. As his fiancée Emma grows increasingly fearful for her betrothed, another woman Lucy, finds herself dangerously involved with both the doctor and his alter ego. Struggling to control Hyde before he takes over for good, Jekyll must race to find a cure for the demon he has created in his own mind. This production may not be suitable for younger audiences.
Performances: 7:30 p.m. Mondays, Fridays and Saturdays through Nov. 11
Tickets: $9-14 at www.terraceplazaplayhouse.com/tickets or call 801-393-0070
CenterPoint Legacy Theatre, 525 N. 400 West, Centerville
“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times,” and a civil unrest is beginning to brew in the streets of Paris as we follow the harrowing story of the Manette family in this Charles Dickens classic. Wrongfully imprisoned nearly two decades earlier, Dr. Manette is just as mysteriously released from prison as he was mysteriously put there in the first place. Reunited with his beautiful daughter Lucie, it seems as though all would be happily ever after. That is until two improbable heroes enter their lives. Testing the limits of love and loyalty, this story will have you crying for justice and cheering in your seats.
Performances: 7:30 p.m. Monday to Saturday through Oct. 28; 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 7 and 14
Tickets: $17.50-25.50 at www.centerpointtheatre.org/tickets or call 801-298-1302
SALT LAKE CITY
Pioneer Theatre Company, 300 S. 1400 East, Room 325, Salt Lake City
Based on the bestselling novel by Mark Haddon, part mystery story, part family drama, part young adult adventure tale, this play became the hottest ticket in both London and Broadway, where it enjoyed a two-year sold-out run after winning the 2015 Tony Award for Best Play. Fifteen-year-old Christopher has an extraordinary brain and is exceptional at math, but he is ill-equipped to interpret everyday life. His determination to solve the murder of his neighbor’s dog sends him on a journey of discovery, one that has us rooting for him at every turn.
Performances: 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Sept. 29 and 30; 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 30.
Tickets: $25-44 at https://tickets.pioneertheatre.org/ or call 801-581-6961
Studio Theatre at Rose Wagner Center, 138 W. 300 South, Salt Lake City
Wasatch Theatre Company presents “God’s Favorite” by Neil Simon. “God’s Favorite” is one of Neil Simon’s rarely done classics about a man, Joe, who is visited by a messenger from God, asking Joe to fulfill a bet between God and the devil. Will Joe participate in fulfilling God’s unusual request, even if it means hardship for his well-to-do family? This hilarious set of misadventures is classic Simon and will have audiences rolling with laughter.
Performances: 8 p.m Fridays and Saturdays through Oct. 7; 2 p.m. Sundays through Oct. 8
Tickets: $20 at arttix.artsaltlake.org or call 801-355-2787