"SPEECH AND DEBATE"
Three teenagers wrestle with sex, lies and cyber romance in the southeastern premier of "Speech & Debate," a "fiercely funny comedy with music." 8 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday. 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Sunday. Ends July 18. GableStage at the Biltmore, 1200 Anastasia Ave., Coral Gables. $37.50-$45. Details: (305) 445-1119 or www.gablestage.org.
JOURNEY TO AMARILLO
The International Hispanic Theatre Festival kicks off with a performance of "Amarillo," a play that explores national identity and the real world versus perception. 8:30 p.m. Additional performance July 9. Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Carnival Studio Theater, Miami. $28.75. Details: (305) 949-6722 or www.arshtcenter.org.
THE MODERN FAMILY
"Are We There Yet?" — a comedic musical — pokes light-hearted fun at life's ups and downs and the modern American family. 8 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday through July 24. Thursday-Saturday through Aug. 15. Additional Wednesday matinees July 14 and 21 at 2 p.m. Ends Aug. 15. Actors' Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre, 280 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables. $35-$48. Details: (305) 444-9293 or www.actorsplayhouse.org.
Cuban theater company Teatro El Público performs its first show in the US, "La Amargas Lágrimas de Petra Von Kant" ("The Bitter Tears of Petra Von Kant"), as part of the "Out in the Tropics" gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender contemporary performing arts festival. A reinterpretation of the classic film by German director Rainer Werner Fassbinder, this version comes with a twist: the three main female characters are involved in a dark, dramatic yet hilarious lesbian love triangle. All are played by male actors. Performed in Spanish with English subtitles. Additional performance July 9. 8 p.m. Colony Theatre, 1040 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach. $25-$35. Details: (305) 316-6165 or www.fundarte.us.
"BLADE TO THE HEAT"
Miami Dade College's Prometeo Theatre presents "Filo Al Fuego," the Spanish version of "Blade to the Heat" during the XXV International Hispanic Theatre Festival. The play deals with sexuality, race and ethnicity. 8:30 p.m. Additional performances through July 17. Prometeo Theatre at Miami Dade College's Wolfson Campus, 300 NE Second Ave., building one, first floor, Miami. $25. Details: (305) 237-3262 or www.prometeotheatre.com.
SAD SIDE SHOW
In "Divina Palabras," a monstrous midget endures a life of exploitation. Dragged from fair to fair by his mother to beg, his pain continues as he is used by relatives after her death. Part of the International Hispanic Theatre Festival. 8:30 p.m. Additional performance 5 p.m. July 11. Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Carnival Studio Theater, Miami. $28.75. Details: (305) 949-6722 or www.arshtcenter.org.
Surprising, adults-only solo show "The Be(a)st of Taylor Mac" features performer and gender deconstructionist Taylor Mac swiftly changing stunning outfits, telling stories from his life and singing provocative original songs. 8 p.m. Colony Theatre, 1040 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach. $25-$35. Details: (305) 316-6165 or www.fundarte.us.
SIDE OF CIRCUS
In "June Bride," a one-woman, multi-character production, follow Sara Felder from her awkward first date with her soon-to-be girlfriend to planning a lesbian wedding ceremony that jibes with Jewish traditions. To top it off, traditional theater is paired with circus acts like three-ball juggling and a straitjacket escape. Part of the "Out in the Tropics" gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender contemporary performing arts festival. 7 p.m. Colony Theatre, 1040 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach. $25-$35. Details: (305) 316-6165 or www.fundarte.us.
TALE OF TWO WOMEN
Two women from different cultures strive to find themselves in "Two Islands," a performance of two one-act plays called "Island Blogosphere" and "The Jewish Nun." In "Island Blogosphere," two sisters befriend Cuban bloggers online after being barred from the island physically. And in "The Jewish Nun, a nineteen-year-old girl leaves celibacy behind for free love in New York City. 7 p.m. Cocktails. 8 p.m. performance. Additional performance July 15. GAB Studio, 105 NW 23rd St., Miami. $15. Details: www.thekrane.com.