SEARCH FOR IDENTITY
The M Ensemble Company opens its season with the Pulitzer Prize-winning "Joe Turner's Come and Gone." Set in the early 20th century, the play follows the African-American 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.
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.
The Actors' Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre hosts a self-deprecating musical by Scott Brown and Anthony King. "Gutenberg! The Musical!" is a two-man show about aspiring playwrights pitching their musical about printing press inventor Johann Gutenberg to prospective producers. Ends Jan. 4. Actors' Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre, 280 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables. Details: (305) 444-9293 or www.actorsplayhouse.org.
CULTURE FOR FREE
The Children's Trust will sponsor free performances of Shakespeare's play "MacBeth" produced by GableStage. 8 p.m. Dec. 12. 1 and 3 p.m. Dec. 13. Florida Memorial College, Lou Rawls Performing Arts Center, 15800 NW 42nd Ave., Opa-Locka. Details: (305) 445-1119 or www.gablestage.org.
TALE AS OLD AS TIME
The Broadway Musical Theatre Company stages a holiday production of the classic Disney story, "The Beauty and the Beast." 7 p.m. Ends Dec. 14. Ransom Everglades Theater, 3575 Main Hwy, Coconut Grove. $15-$320. Details: (786) 223-9663 or www.broadwaymusicaltheatre.com.