LOVE AND LAUGHS
Comedy, spies and romance are all part of Alfred Hitchcock's "The 39 Steps," which is making its South Florida debut at the Miracle Theatre. The mystery begins after an average Joe meets a woman with a heavy accent claiming she's a spy. Add a mysterious organization called "The 39 Steps" to the mix and an intriguing, inventive performance ensues. 8 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday and 2 p.m. Sundays. Ends June 5. $35-$48. Details: (305) 444-9293 or www.actorsplayhouse.org.
Sarah Ruhl's "In the Next Room or The Vibrator Play," a comedy about marriage and intimacy, begins with a new invention designed to pacify "hysterical women." Shocking unexpected results follow. 8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Sundays. Ends June 12. GableStage, 1200 Anastasia Ave., Coral Gables. $37.50-$47.50. Details: (305) 445-1119 or www.gablestage.org.
Tennessee Williams classic "A Streetcar Named Desire" comes to life on New Theatre's stage. See the play that made shouting "Stella!" famous as a Southern belle fades from glory. 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays. 1 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Sundays. No 5:30 p.m. performance on May 29. Ends June 12. New Theatre, 4120 Laguna St., Coral Gables. $15-$40. Details: (305) 443-5909 or www.new-theatre.org.
The cultural movement that swept the '60s and '70s comes alive in "HAIR: The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical," which won a 2009 Tony Award for Best Musical Revival. Experience the pacifist, free-love spirit that enveloped young Americans against hate and war with songs like "Let the Sun Shine In" and "Aquarius." Times vary. May 31-June 5. Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami. $25-$69. Details: (305) 949-6722 or www.arshtcenter.org.
City Theatre's "Summer Shorts" returns, featuring seven short plays in a single performance. Includes "Quiet Please," which follows the interactions of two patients waiting for their therapy appointments, and "What Strong Fences Make," a deeply emotional scene that pits two friends against one another at an Israeli checkpoint. Ends June 26. Carnival Studio Theater at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami. Details: (305) 949-6722 or www.arshtcenter.org.