'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. Thursday-Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday 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 Sunday at Mosaic Theatre, 12200 West Broward Blvd., Plantation. $15-$27. Details: (954) 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 GableStage presents the Florida premier of "Bug" by Tracy Letts, the author of "Killer Joe." This thriller is about a Gulf War veteran convinced that the government is implanting real live bugs inside our bodies to control us. 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Sundays Through Jan. 2 at the GableStage at the Biltmore, 1200 Anastasia Ave., Coral Gables. $35. Details: (305) 445-1119 or www.gablestage.org.
The Ballet Etudes Company of South Florida present the 30th anniversary performance of the "Nutcracker." The performance will feature Maria Kowroski and Charles Askegard, principal dancers from the New York City Ballet, as the Sugar Plum Fairy and the Cavalier. The production will showcase new sets and scenery, a full orchestra and colorful costuming and lighting. Gala patron seating with a reception at the theater with the dancers on Saturday will be available upon request for $100. 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. gala performance Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday at the Jackie Gleason Theater, 1700 Washington Ave., Miami Beach. $18-$55 for matinee; $20-$60 other performances. Details: (305) 827-1345 or firstname.lastname@example.org.