SEARCH FOR IDENTITY
The M Ensemble Company opens its season with Pulitzer Prize-winning "Joe Turner's Come and Gone." Set in the early 20th century, the play follows African Americans' search for their cultural identity following the repression of slavery. Ends Dec. 21. 8 p.m., Thursday-Saturday. 3 p.m., Sundays. 12320 W Dixie Hwy, North Miami. $20 seniors and students, $25 others. Details: (305) 899-2217 or www.themensemble.com.
The New Theatre hosts the world premiere of Michelle Rosenfarb's coming-of-age drama "The Gates of Choice." In Israel's ultra-Orthodox quarter of Mea Shearim, a Hasidic young woman facing an arranged marriage finds refuge and answers in a taboo relationship to the secular world. 8 p.m. Ends Dec. 14. New Theatre, 4120 Laguna St., Coral Gables. $40. Details: (305) 443-5909 or www.new-theatre.org.
OPENING LOVE STORY
The Florida Grand Opera presents an interpretation of Verdi's "La Traviata." The opera follows young courtesan Violetta, who is destined to die alone but hopes for redemption through the power of love. 7 p.m. Ends Nov. 25. Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami. $27.75-$253.75. Details: (800) 741-1010 or www.fgo.org.
THE WINTER'S TALE
The University of Miami's Jerry Herman Ring Theatre offers one of William Shakespeare's most intriguing plays. "The Winter's Tale" follows the king of Sicily as he suspects his best friend of having an illicit love affair with his wife, the queen. In a fit of jealous revenge, the king orders his wife to prison and sends his infant daughter into exile in Bohemia. 8 p.m. Nov. 20-22, 2 p.m. Nov. 22. Jerry Herman Ring Theatre, 1312 Miller Drive, Coral Gables. $8-$18. Details: www.miami.edu/ring.
The New World School of the Arts performs Federico García Lorca's "Blood Wedding," a tragedy that watches conflict unfold between individual wishes and societal decrees and laws. 4:30 p.m. Nov. 22, 7:30 p.m., Nov. 23. 1:30 p.m. Miami Dade College, 300 NE 2nd Ave., Miami. Details: (305) 237-3135 or www.mdc.edu/nwsa.
A smash hit in London and across the US, "Shakespeare (abridged)" is an irreverent 97-minute race through the Bard's 37 plays performed by just three versatile actors, including Austin Tichenor and Reed Martin, managing partners of the Reduced Shakespeare Company. Designed for Shakespeare fans and phobics alike, the Miami production will feature updates incorporated in a London revival last year. Ends Jan. 18. Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami. $45-$50. Details: (786) 468-2326 or www.arshtcenter.org.