"There's no such thing as coincidence. Dig deeper. That's how you unravel a mystery," say the characters in "Madagascar." New Theatre begins its fall season with the new play by J.T. Rogers that explores family life and loss, starring Kathryn Lee Johnston, Angie Radosh and Bill Schwartz. 8 p.m. through Oct. 9 at 4120 Laguna St., Coral Gables. $30-$40, $10 students. Details: (305) 443-5909 or www.new-theatre.org.
'TUESDAYS WITH MORRIE'
The Coconut Grove Playhouse opens its 50th-anniversary season with "Tuesdays with Morrie," based on the New York Times bestseller about the relationship between journalist Mitch Albom and his dying college professor, Morrie Schwartz. 2 and 8 p.m. Tuesdays-Sundays through Oct. 9 at the Playhouse, 3500 Main Highway, Coconut Grove. $35-$60. Details: (305) 442-4000 or www.cgplayhouse.org.
New Theatre presents a benefit performance for the victims of hurricane Katrina featuring scene from past and present productions. 8 p.m. at the Theatre, 4120 Laguna St., Coral Gables. $50. Details: (305) 443-5909 or www.new-theatre.org.
'PHANTOM OF THE OPERA'
The Broward Center for the Performing Arts presents the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical directed by Harold Prince. 8 p.m. through Oct. 29 at Au-Rene Theater, 201 SW Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale. $41.25-$71.25. Details: (954) 462-0222 or www.browardcenter.org.
CARNAVAL DE BARRANQUILLA
The Jackie Gleason Theatre of the Performing Arts presents the people of Baranquilla with more than 60 actors and performers in a sampling of their carnival dances and events. 5 and 8 p.m. Oct. 2 at the theater, 1700 Washington Ave., Miami Beach. $25-$48. Details: (305) 673-7300 or www.gleasontheater.com.
Actors' Playhouse holds previews for its upcoming production of "Grease." 8 p.m. through Oct. 6 at Miracle Theatre, 280 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables. $30. Details: (305) 444-9293 or www.actorsplayhouse.org.