And Then She Moved the Furniture: The Public Theatre presents the first production of Miami playwright Manny Diez's chilling tale of army base domestic abuse, a fictional telling of a true story out of Fort Bragg during the summer of 2002. Four soldiers murdered their wives, and two of them then committed suicide. To top off the violence, an army wife murdered her Special Forces husband. The resulting investigation pointed blame at marital problems and stress from wartime separation, which leaves us wondering: What's up at Fort Bragg? Through the play's juxtaposition of present and past, we learn unsettling facts about life for soldiers coming home, as well as about life for their spouses. Dave Amber Through March 19. Public Theatre of South Florida, 6501 W. Sunrise Blvd., Plantation; 954-537-3648.
Ceremonies in Dark Old Men: Almost 40 years after Ceremonies premiered off-Broadway, it still offers a powerful portrayal of a disenfranchised African-American family in crisis. But it also projects such a clichéd, outdated, stereotypical image of black men that it begs the question: What do we gain from its revival? The play is set in a dingy barbershop in Harlem during the Fifties. The cast is led by the gregarious Jerry Maple, Jr., as patriarch Russell Parker. While the jobless, aging father daydreams of his lost youth, his two no-account sons thieve and loaf. Daughter Adele the lone female and the provider toils in a dead-end office job. The men's struggle for survival ultimately leads them to bootlegging and racketeering. Although the players shift with polished ease between the intense narrative and comical interludes, the tragedy that befalls the family falls oddly flat. Joanne Green Through March 12. M Ensemble, 12320 W. Dixie Hwy., North Miami; 305-895-0335, www.themensemble.com.