Marc Bamuthi Joseph performs an excerpt from "Word Becomes Flesh," a series of letters to his unborn son documenting pregnancy from a man's perspective. 8 p.m. at Books and Books, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables. Details: www.booksandbooks.com or www.tigertail.org.
MERCHANT OF VENICE
The Summer Shakespeare Project continues with a restaging of the 16th century play "The Merchant of Venice," set in Mussolini's Italy in 1930. 8 p.m. through Sunday at New Theatre, 4120 Laguna St., Coral Gables. $40. Details: (305) 443-5909 or www.new-theatre.org.
'THE BIG BANG'
Actors' Playhouse presents "The Big Bang," a story about the history of the world in 90 minutes. 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday; 2 p.m. Sundays through Sept. 3 at 280 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables. $15-$45. Details (305) 444-9293.
The Edge Theatre performs "Men on the Verge of a His-Panic Breakdown," a comedy about how seven gay Hispanic immigrants cope with the American experience. 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 2 p.m. Sundays through July 31 in the Banyan Room at Miami Beach Botanical Gardens, 2000 Convention Center Drive, Miami Beach. $10-$20. Details: (786) 355-0976.
White Orchard Theater presents this original psychological drama by artistic director and founder Irina Sundukova. 8 p.m. at MIAMIntelligence, 2000 S Dixie Highway, Miami. $20. Details: (305) 331-1393 or www.whiteorchardtheater.com.
The Main Street Players of Community Theatre of Miami Lakes presents Stephen Sondheim's one-act musical that explores the dark side of the American experience. 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 5 p.m. Sundays through Aug. 21 at Main Street Playhouse, 6766 Main St., Miami Lakes. $10-$15. Details: (866) 782-4399 or www.mainstreetplayers.com.