"26 Miles" by Quiara Alegria Hudes follows the drama that ensues after a Cuban mother kidnaps her ailing Jewish daughter who was taken from her eight years before. The two drive west in search of a new life befitting their versions of the American dream. 8 p.m. Sunday performances at 1 p.m. New Theatre, 4120 Laguna St., Coral Gables. Ends Dec. 20. Details: (305) 443-5909 or www.new-theatre.org.
A holiday musical take on the poem that inspired its title, "Another Night Before Christmas" examines the indulgence of the holiday season through the experiences of a dispirited social worker destined to celebrate another lonely Christmas in her New York apartment. Plans change on her way home Christmas Eve when she stumbles upon a homeless man claiming to be "someone special in her life." 8 p.m. Actors' Playhouse at Miracle Theatre, 280 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables. Ends Dec. 27. Details: (305) 444-9293 or www.actorsplayhouse.org.
Downtown Miami's historic Gusman Center hosts a one-night performance of Tchaikovsky's beloved fairytale ballet "The Nutcracker." The performance is choreographed by former Miami City Ballet dancers Marielena Mencia and Yanis Pikieris and features more than 100 costumed dancers. 7:30 p.m. Gusman Center for the Performing Arts, 174 E Flagler St., Miami. $15-$35. Details: (305) 358-1830 or www.gusmancenter.org.