BATTLE OF THE SEXES
The New Theatre opens its season with William Shakespeare's comedy "The Taming of The Shrew." This classic battle-of-the-sexes play is the tale of a shrewish woman and her strong-willed husband, both wreaking havoc on the conventions of courtship and marriage. Ends Sept. 27. New Theatre, 4120 Laguna St., Coral Gables. Details: (305) 443-5909 or www.new-theatre.org. A TASTE OF AMERICANA
The University of Miami's Jerry Herman Ring Theater presents "Smokey Joe's Café: The Music of Leiber and Stoller." The play, which was a hit on Broadway, follows the work of songwriters and producers Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller who are partially credited with popularizing rock "n' roll. Ends Sept. 19. Jerry Herman Ring Theatre, 1312 Miller Drive, Coral Gables. Details: (305) 284-3355 or www.miami.edu/ring.
Florida International University Theatre kicks off its 2009-2010 season with a performance of "Sonia Flew." The story follows a Cuban woman who harbors a lifelong resentment of her parents but begins to understand their actions when her son signs up for the Marines after the Sept. 11 tragedy. Ends Oct. 4. Wertheim Performing Arts Center, 10910 SW 17th St., Sweetwater. Details: (305) 348-0496 or carta.fiu.edu. A CUBAN CLASSIC
The Miami Lyric Opera will perform a concert version of the classic opera "Carmen." The performance will feature soloists accompanied by a full orchestra. 8 p.m. Sept. 24 and 26. Colony Theatre, 1040 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach. Details: (305) 674-1040 or www.miamilyricopera.org.