The parents do everything to ensure that their children live a good and happy life.
But once they grow up, it's out of their hands. They can only hope for the best.
Bob and Fran Price have to do that. They are the parents of four children in "The Things I Know Are True," the next offering from the Arizona Theater Company.
This piece of life gives us an insight into the struggles and achievements of the family.
And there are fights: a daughter who leaves her husband and two children, a transgender daughter who begins the game as Mark, before she goes to her parents, a mother who sets up a secret money so she can financially adjust to it if she wants to go her husband, another son who has stolen to live the life he wants.
The Chicago Tribune calls "Things" one of the best new games of the year.
"It asks if you should go, come home, stay away, cling to your aging parents, let them go, love yourself, subdue yourself, save your siblings from yourself, find yourself," the report says. "In other words, this piece is about what we all constantly think about. It's about how life never follows a straight line. It's about how pathetic we all are with the inevitable change that lies ahead. The point is that man is not able to live in the moment and fully appreciate the comfort of being loved before all that is gone. "
Australian playwright Andrew Bovell wrote the piece in 2016 and the Milwaukee Repertory Theater staged the American premiere earlier this year. Director of this much acclaimed production was Mark Clements, who also directs the ATC production.
Performers include Kelley Faulkner, Zach Fifer, Bill Geisslinger, Aubyn Heglie, Jordan Baker and Kevin Kantor.
Previews are at 19:30. 20th of April; 7 pm, April 21; and 19:30 23 to 25 April; Opening is 19:30. 26th of April. Until May 11 at the Temple of Music and Art, 330 S. Scott Ave. Tickets cost $ 25- $ 66.
Contact reporter Kathleen Allen at firstname.lastname@example.org or 573-4128. On Twitter: @ kallenStar.