A husband and wife examine their relationship on their first night alone at home in years while their young son attends his first sleepover in "Fifty Words." Will Adam and Jan renew a nearly quashed spark of romance or will their civility erupt into fiery chaos? Find out in this funny yet frightening take on modern marriage; the show's first run in the southeast. 8 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday. 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Sunday. No 7 p.m. performance Aug. 15. Ends Sept. 12. GableStage, 1200 Anastasia Ave., Coral Gables. $37.50-$45. Details: (305) 445-1119 or www.gablestage.org.
GableStage hosts a benefit play reading of Michelle Rosenfarb's award-winning "The Gates of Choice." Set in the Israeli Ultra-Orthodox quarter Mea Shearim, the play follows a young Hasidic woman facing an arranged marriage. Searching for an identity, she finds solace in a forbidden relationship and questions her religion. Proceeds go toward an education fund for the local playwright, who was recently accepted into New York University's prestigious Master of Fine Arts Dramatic Writing Program. 7:30 p.m. GableStage, 1200 Anastasia Ave., Coral Gables. Suggested donation of $10 for students, $15 for Equity and South Florida Theatre League members and $20 others. Details: (305) 445-1119 or www.gablestage.org.