"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.
The M-Ensemble Company, Florida's oldest established African-American theater, opens its 38th season with Pulitzer-Prize-winning playwright August Wilson's "Gem of the Ocean." The historical play, which starts off in the home of 285-year-old spiritual advisor Aunt Esther, follows the chaos and race-fueled rioting that occurs after an incident at the local mill. One especially tormented character is Citizen Barlow, who is sent to the City of Bones by Aunt Esther aboard the mystical ship "Gem of the Ocean" in a voodoo-like séance. 8 p.m. Nov. 27-Dec. 20. Arts District of North Miami,12320 W. Dixie Highway, North Miami. $20. Details: (305) 899-2217 or www.themensemble.com/home.asp.
The "Annie Jr." musical, the story of a young orphan who escapes Ms. Hannigan's miserable orphanage for the home of billionaire Oliver Warbucks, comes to the Miami Science Museum. Classic songs from the Broadway hit include "Tomorrow" and "Hard Knock Life." 8 p.m. Miami Science Museum, 3280 South Miami Ave., Miami. $14. Ends Dec. 20. Details: 305-646-4200or www.miamisci.org.