'TWO TRAINS RUNNING'
The M Ensemble Actor's Studio presents "Two Trains Running," by Pulitzer Prize-winning author August Wilson. Set in 1969 Pittsburgh, the changing urban community is viewed by a group of regular diners at Memphis Lee's Restaurant. Community residents struggle to cope through humor, loud voices and big hearts. 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays through Dec. 19 at the M Ensemble Actor's Studio, 12320 West Dixie Highway, North Miami. $25 opening night; $15-$20 all other nights. Details: (305) 895-8955 or www.themensemble.com.
The Mosaic Theatre will present Yasmina Reza's play "Art." The dark comedy focuses on three friends and the arguments that ensue after one friend purchases a painting that looks like a white canvas. Through Dec. 19 at Mosaic Theatre, 12200 West Broward Blvd., Plantation. $15-$27. Details: (305) 577-8243 or www.mosaictheatre.com.
Actors' Playhouse will present "Shear Madness," America's longest-running murder, mystery and comedy act. 8:30 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday; 2:30 p.m. Sunday through Jan. 2 at Actors' Playhouse, Miracle Theatre, 280 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables. $30-$45. Details: (305) 444-9293 or www.actorsplayhouse.org.
'BEAUTY AND THE BEAST'
Actors' Playhouse presents Disney's "Beauty and the Beast." Join Belle, the Beast, Lumiere and Mrs. Potts as they perform this enchanted love story. The first five consecutive Saturdays of this performance will include a character brunch where the whole family can enjoy brunch with Belle and the Beast. 8 p.m. Wednesdays-Saturdays; 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through Jan. 2 at the Miracle Theatre, 280 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables. Brunch will be from 11 a.m.-1 p.m.. $37.50-$45 for show tickets only; $65 brunch and show for adults; $45 brunch and show for children. Details: (305) 444-9293 or www.actorsplayhouse.org.
The Florida Grand Opera presents Giacomo Puccini's "Madama Butterfly." A beautiful geisha turns her back on her family to marry a US Navy officer. Her heart is broken when the officer returns from sea with an American wife. Sung in Italian with projected English titles. 8 p.m. through Saturday at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, 201 SW Fifth St., Fort Lauderdale. $19-$150. Details: (800) 741-1010 or www.fgo.org.
The Miami City Ballet will perform George Balanchine's The Nutcracker. The performance includes over 100 cast members, special effects and numerous set and costume changes. 7:30 p.m. Dec. 3; 2 and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 4 and 5 at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach. $19.50-$59.50. Details: (877) 929-7010 or www.miamicityballet.org.