OPERA AND LIBRETTO
The University of Miami's Frost Opera Theater opens its season with Maurice Ravel's "L'Enfant et les Sortilèges." The opera tells the story of a child who "smashes furniture, rips pages from a storybook, and torments his pets, and then, in his imagination, is chastised for his wickedness by his victims." 7 p.m. 1314 Miller Drive, Coral Gables. $20. Details: (305) 284-4886 or www.miami.edu.
BIRTH OF A NATION
The Tony Award-winning musical "1776" comes to the Actors' Playhouse at the height of election season to celebrate the signing of the Declaration of Independence. Ends Nov. 2. Actors' Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre, 280 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables. Details: (305) 444-9293 or www.actorsplayhouse.org.
The New Theatre presents "The Rant," a contemporary drama that follows a police officer who is assigned to investigate the murder of a 16-year-old boy. To find the killer, he must wade through prejudice, deceit and a volley of anonymous threats. Ends Oct. 26. New Theatre, 4120 Laguna St., Coral Gables. $15-$40. Details: (305) 443-5909 or www.new-theatre.org.
NEW WORLD WOMEN
The New World School of the Arts opens its season with Claire Booth Luce's "The Women." The play, with 19 female students playing 39 characters, is an acidic commentary about the pampered lives and power struggles of a group of wealthy Manhattan socialites who are obsessed with staying young and buying the latest must-have accessory, needed or not. 7:30 p.m. Oct. 17 and 18. 2 p.m. Oct. 19. Louise O' Gerrits Theatre, 25 NE 2nd St., Miami. General admission is $12, students and seniors $5. Details: (305) 237-3541 or www.mdc.edu/nwsa.
The Miami Children's Theater hosts Pulitzer Prize-winning play "Crimes of the Heart." Warm-hearted, irreverent and brilliantly imaginative, the play examines the plight of three young Mississippi sisters betrayed by their passions. 8 p.m. Oct. 16 and 18. 2 p.m. Oct. 19. Alper JCC, Russell Theater, 11155 SW 112th Ave., Kendall. Details: (305) 274-3595 or www.miamichildrenstheater.org.
GableStage at the Biltmore presents "In The Continuum" by Nikkole Salter and Danai Gurira. The play focuses on two black women, a middle-class wife and mother in Zimbabwe and a 19-year-old in the Los Angeles inner city. Although from disparate cultures and vastly different economic and social environments, they are trying to move ahead in a world in which everything is changed and yet nothing has changed. Ends Nov. 18. GableStage at the Biltmore, 1200 Anastasia Ave., Coral Gables. $37.50-$42.50. Details: (305) 445-1119 or www.gablestage.org.
The Jesus Quintero studio reprises Tennessee Williams' "27 Wagons Full of Cotton." One of Mr. Williams' lesser-known plays, "27 Wagons" begins with a middle-aged cotton gin owner burning down a rival's mill. Like the fire that goes off early in the first scene, the play begins with heat but ends with the cold ashes of disillusionment. 8 p.m. Ends Oct. 26. The Yellow House, 420 NE 23rd St., Miami. $15. Details: (786) 853-3915.
JUST OFF BROADWAY
GableStage hosts the Southeast premier of Pulitzer Prize-winner David Mamet's "November." The play, set in the Oval Office days before a presidential election, takes a humorous look at civil marriages, questionable pardons and campaign contributions. Ends Nov. 16. Showtimes and prices vary. The GableStage, 1200 Anastasia Ave., Coral Gables. Details: (305) 446-1116 or www.gablestage.org.