"Other Desert Cities" by Jon Robin Baitz tells of Brooke Wyeth, a once-promising novelist, returning home after a six-year absence for Christmas in Palm Springs with her parents, former members of the Reagan inner circle, her brother and her aunt. When Brooke announces that she's about to publish a memoir focusing on an explosive chapter in the family's history, the holiday reunion is thrown into turmoil and the Wyeths are bound together and torn apart as they struggle to come to terms with their past. 8 p.m. Wed.-Sat. 2 p.m. Sunday. Through Feb. 10. Actors' Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre, 280 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables. $15 students 15 minutes prior to show. $40 weeknights and matinees. $48 Friday and Saturday. Details: (305) 444-9293 or www.actorsplayhouse.org.
GableStage presents Shakespeare's tragedy "Hamlet," adapted for London's Royal Shakespeare Company by local playwright and director Tarell Alvin McCraney. 8 p.m. Thurs.-Sat. 2 and 7 p.m. Sundays. Through Feb. 10. GableStage, 1200 Anastasia Ave., eastern section of Biltmore Hotel, Coral Gables. $37.50-$50. Details: (305) 445-1119 or www.gablestage.org.
Miami Theater Center presents the comical children's performance of "The Love of Three Oranges." Prince Tartaglia has been sick for 10 years, and after nothing makes him feel better, two strange doctors reveal a possible cure: laughter. The king hires a famous comedian named Truffaldino to perform at the palace, but as soon as the prince laughs, an evil witch curses him, making him wander the world feverishly searching for three mysterious oranges. A good wizard helps Tartaglia overcome several obstacles on his way to finding the oranges, and the prince returns home with much more than fruit. Through March 10. Miami Theater Center, 9806 SW Second Ave., Miami Shores. $20. Details: (305) 751-9550 or email@example.com or www.mtcmiami.org.
AGNES OF GOD
New Theatre presents "Agnes of God" by John Pielmeier, a psychological drama that was on Broadway and later made into a film. The performance tells of a court-appointed psychiatrist charged with the task of assessing the sanity of a novice nun (Agnes) accused of murdering her newborn. However, the Mother Superior keeps young Agnes from the doctor, arousing the doctor's suspicions further. Who killed the infant and who fathered the tiny victim? These questions force all three women to re-examine the meaning of faith and the power of love. 8 p.m. Thurs.-Sat. 1 p.m. Feb. 10. 5:30 p.m. Feb. 17. Additional performances through Feb. 17. New Theatre at the Roxy Performing Arts Center, 1645 SW 107th Ave., Miami. $15 student rush at the door. $35-$40 others. Details: (305) 443-5909 or www.new-theatre.org.
The Austin, Texas-based "The Rude Mechanicals" — also known as the Rude Mechs — collective takes a wild look at the cult of acting in "The Method Gun." Presenting themselves as the abandoned disciples of a questionable acting guru, the company members attempt to realize their mentor's vision of a radically reduced production of "A Streetcar Named Desire." 8 p.m. Feb. 8-9. Colony Theatre, 1040 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach. $10 MDC students. $25 others. Details: (305) 237-3010 or www.mdclivearts.org.
The Actor's Gang, a Los Angeles-based experimental theater group under the artistic direction of actor Tim Robbins, performs Moliére's comedy "Tartuffe." The play is adapted by David Ball and directed by Jon Kellam. 3 p.m. Feb. 8 and 8 p.m. Feb. 9. South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center, 10950 SW 211th St., Cutler Bay. $10-$25. Details: (786) 573-3000 or www.smdcac.org.