"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.
ALL NEW PEOPLE
Zoetic Stage presents Zach Braff's new production "All New People," telling of Charlie, who at 35 decides to end his life but is stopped by a slew of odd, engaging characters. 7:30 p.m. Additional performances through Jan. 27. Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Carnival Studio Theater, Miami. $40. Details: (305) 949-6722 or www.arshtcenter.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 Dade College's Kendall campus music, theater and dance students make their debut with an original show "Kendall Comes Alive Performing Arts Showcase," featuring dance, theatrical scenes, and vocal and instrumental music including jazz and classical genres. 7 p.m. South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center, 10950 SW 211th St., Cutler Bay. $10. Details: (305) 237-2282 or www.smdcac.org.
THE LAST DAYS
FIU Theatre presents "The Last Days of Judas Iscariot," written by Stephen Adly Guirgis and directed by Wayne E. Robinson Jr. This riotous courtroom drama, set in a corner of purgatory called "Hope,' hosts a trial between God and the Kingdom of Heaven and Earth versus Judas Iscariot. Considering the conflict between divine mercy and human free will, it questions if God is truly all-forgiving, why Judas was condemned to Hell for his betrayal of Jesus Christ and his subsequent suicide. 8 p.m. Additional performances through Feb. 3. FIU Wertheim Performing Arts Center, 10910 SW 17th St., Tamiami. $10-$15. Details: (305) 348-0496 or www.livethearts.com/events/theatre/index.html.
"8," a play telling the historic constitutional challenge to California's Proposition 8, is performed as a staged reading. Written by Dustin Lance Black, screenwriter of the film "Milk," the production of "8" is staged under license from the American Foundation for Equal Rights and Broadway Impact and directed by Marc Fajer. The play reenacts the federal trial in a case filed by the foundation to overturn Proposition 8, which stripped gay and lesbian Californians of the freedom to marry. 7 p.m. University of Miami School of Law, 1311 Miller Drive, room E352, Coral Gables. $5-$10 UM students. $20 others. Details: www.savedade.org/content/outlaw-presents-8.
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, a pair of strange doctors reveals 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.