The Adrienne Arsht Center presents The House Theatre of Chicago's "The Nutcracker." Set in modern day, this holiday classic is not a ballet but rather a play about one loving family's recovery from a terrible and surprising loss. Based on the original E.T.A. Hoffmann story, the play centers on young Clara's journey to save Christmas and bring her broken family back together. 7:30 p.m. Additional performances through Dec. 30 Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Carnival Studio Theater, Miami. $45. Details: (305) 949-6722 or www.arshtcenter.org.
The Actors' Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre presents Jason Robert Brown's musical "The Last Five Years," featuring Broadway star Janet Dacal and Christopher A. Kent. The musical explores a five-year relationship between Jamie Wellerstein, a rising novelist, and Cathy Hiatt, a struggling actress. The story chronicles the young couple's romance in a new and exciting way: her story starts at the end of their relationship; his begins on the day they met. Wednesday-Saturday 8 p.m. Sunday 2 p.m. Through Dec. 30. Actors' Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre, 280 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables. $15-$48. Details: (305) 444-9293 or www.actorsplayhouse.org.
"A Christmas Carol, The Musical" is based on Charles Dickens' novel, in which Tiny Tim and the Cratchit family join three unearthly spirits in trying to convince Ebenezer Scrooge to change his grumpy ways. 2 p.m. Saturdays. Through Dec. 23. Actors' Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre, 280 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables. $20. Details: (305) 444-9293 or www.actorsplayhouse.org.
Miami Theater Center presents "Three Sisters" by Antov Chekhov, a Russian family drama commissioned by the Moscow Art Theatre in 1899. Times vary. Additional performances through Dec. 22. Miami Theater Center, 9806 NE Second Ave., Miami Shores. $35. Details: www.mtcmiami.org.
VENUS IN FUR
GableStage presents "Venus in Fur" by David Ives. The play tells of a young actress determined to land the lead in a new play based on a classic erotic novel about a 19th century dominatrix. When she meets the writer-director, her audition becomes an electrifying game. 8 p.m. Additional performances through Dec. 9. GableStage, 1200 Anastasia Ave., Biltmore Hotel, Coral Gables. $37.50, $42.50 and $47.50. Details: (305) 446-1116 or email@example.com or www.gablestage.org.
New Theatre presents "Happy" by Robert Caisley. Alfred is happy about his life, but when his bohemian artist best friend Eduardo invites him to dinner to meet the latest woman in his life, a dour 22-year-old art student, things spin out of control. 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday. 1 p.m. Sunday. Performances through Dec. 16. New Theatre at the Roxy Performing Arts Center, 1645 SW 107th Ave. $15 student rush at the door. $35 Thursday and Sunday. $40 others. Details: (305) 443-5909 or www.new-theatre.org.
Miami Theater Center presents "Imaginarium" by Alexey Taran and Carla Forte (Cuba/Venezuela.) Imaginarium is a dance-theater piece narrating the story of Ruben, a visual artist who has decided to abandon his tormented life by taking refuge within his own imagination. 8 p.m. Additional performances through Dec. 22. Miami Theater Center, 9806 NE Second Ave., Miami Shores. $20. Details: www.mtcmiami.org.