The Bakehouse Art Complex's "Mystery on the Menu Theater" presents a play that draws the audience into the investigation of a murder. Audience members will be given lines to perform and one member will be identified as the murderer. 7 p.m. The Bakehouse Art Complex, 561 NW 32nd St., Miami. Details: (305) 864-2430 or www.bacfl.org.
A RENAISSANCE CLASSIC
The University of Miami's Ring Theatre presents Shakespeare's "Hamlet." The classic play tells of a haunted young prince driven to the edge of madness in his obsession to avenge his ghostly father's death and save the nation. Ends Oct. 31. Jerry Herman Ring Theatre, 1312 Miller Drive, Coral Gables. $18. $16 seniors. Details: www.miami.edu/ring.
BLAST FROM THE PAST
The Actors' Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre hosts Roger Bean's Off-Broadway "The Marvelous Wonderettes." The play, set at a 1958 high school prom, features songs from the 1950s and '60s and tells of a group of friends preparing to embark on life's journey. Ends Nov. 21. Actors' Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre, 280 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables. Details: (305) 444-9293 or www.actorsplayhouse.org.
A PLAY ON PLAYS
New Theatre offers the world premiere of "In Development" by David Caudle. In this new comedy, sex, death and drama take the stage at a conference for aspiring young playwrights and their legendary mentor. 1 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays. Ends Nov. 8. 4120 Laguna Street, Coral Gables. $35. Details: (305) 443-5909 or www.new-theatre.org.
GableStage celebrates its season opening with a cocktail hour before the southeastern premiere of Broadway sensation "Reasons To Be Pretty." The play follows four young working-class friends and lovers who become increasingly dissatisfied with their dead-end lives and each other. Ends Nov. 22. GableStage, 1200 Anastasia Ave., Coral Gables. $150. Details: (305) 445-1119 or www.gablestage.org.
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Broadway Across America presents a performance of the musical "The Color Purple." The play is based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Alice Walker and the Oscar-nominated film by Stephen Spielberg. The story follows a trouble woman who overcomes seemingly insurmountable odds to find the joy in life. Ends Nov. 1. Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami. Details: (305) 949-6722 or www.arshtcenter.org.
Arts at St. Johns hosts a reading of original plays by local authors. After the reading, audience members will have a chance to respond to the actors and writers in a "Talk Back" session. 7 p.m. St. John's on the Lake, 4760 Pinetree Drive, Miami Beach. Details: www.artsatstjohns.com.