Louisa May Alcott's beloved masterpiece tells the story of the Marches, a family used to hard toil and suffering. Sisters Meg, Jo, Amy and Beth keep in high spirits with their mother when their father is away with the Union army. It is the story of their growing maturity and wisdom and the search for the contentedness of family life. 7 p.m. today (12/18), 8 p.m. Saturday; and 2 p.m. Sunday. Dave & Mary Alper Jewish Community Center's Russell Theater, 11155 SW 112th Avenue, Miami. $10 children, students and seniors, $15 adults. Details: (305) 233-2206.
2 PIANOS, 4 HANDS
A laugh-out-loud hit comedy composed for anyone who thought they shouda/coulda/woulda been a star-if only they'd had just a little more talent. Featuring an eclectic assortment of piano music ranging from Bach to the Beatles, played live on stage on two concert grand pianos, the production, directed by Bruce K. Sevy and starring Mark Anders and Carl Danielsen, runs through Jan. 4. At Coconut Grove Playhouse, 3500 Main Highway, Miami.
$35-$45. Please call for times. Details: (305) 442-4000
Winner of seven Tony awards, story of Depression-era orphan is replayed at Miracle Theater's Actor's Playhouse, 280 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables. 8 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays, 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through Jan. 4. Tickets $27-$100. Details: (305) 444-9293.
'WHAT THE BUTLER SAW'
Play by Joe Orton opens 8 p.m., GableStage at the Biltmore Hotel, 1200 Anastasia Ave., Coral Gables. Tickets $35. Runs through Jan. 11. Special New Year's Eve performance (proceeds to benefit educational programming at 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 31 followed by a champagne supper, $100 per person). Details: (305) 446-1116.
'A CUBAN CHRISTMAS CAROL'
Non-profit Miami theater company Fresco Productions presents "A Cuban Christmas Carol," an imaginative Hispanic twist on Dickens' classic. Set in Little Havana, this Spanglish adaptation is certain to evoke nostalgia for Noche Buena and inspire laughter with cigars, dominoes, guayaberas. Scrooge is Cuban, but his story is universal. Cast includes Broadway actor Gonzalo Madurga as Scrooge, soap-opera star Zully Montero and a supporting cast of South Florida actors. 8 p.m. today (12/18) through Sunday, Dec. 25-28 and Jan. 1-4 and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 27-28 and Jan. 3-4 at University of Miami's Jerry Herman Ring Theater, 1312 Miller Drive, Coral Gables. Tickets $25. Details: (305) 225-0015.
Palm Beach Dramaworks Studio Theatre presents "The Dresser" by Ronald Harwood. The plot revolves around Sir, the last of the great breed of English actor/managers. As his dresser tries to prepare him to go on stage as King Lear, he is having great difficulty remembering who and where he is, let alone Lear's lines. With a Herculean effort on the part of Norman, the dresser, Sir finally makes it on stage and through the performance in a World War II era English provincial theater during an air raid. Backstage after the performance more drama unfolds, and presents a challenge even Norman is not prepared for. 8 p.m. Fridays and select Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays, at 322 Banyan Blvd., West Palm Beach. $25 adults, $22.50 seniors, $10 students. Runs through Sunday, Jan. 18th. Details: (561) 625-6010.