Stage Capsules

Talk Radio: Eric Bogosian's play (which was filmed by Oliver Stone in 1988) about radio host Barry Champlain, once a small-time Akron DJ blessed with the gift of gab, incorporates elements of radio host Alan Berg's murder at the hands of neo-Nazis. — Brandon K. Thorp Through October 7. Mosaic Theatre, the American Heritage Center for the Arts, 12200 W. Broward Blvd., Ste. 3121, Plantation; 954-577-8243,

Romeo and Juliet: This is one of the most well-known stories about forbidden love, adapted for the stage and film countless times, and now interpreted by the Classical Theatre of Harlem in a rendition that will surely make you a fan of its culturally resplendent aroma. CTH has added a little hip-hop to the romantic tragedy, and some racial tension to the illicit love. But Shakespearean purists shouldn't fret; the troupe of long-term theater professionals has maintained the poetic vibe that makes the story so remarkable. — Raina McLeod Through October 13. Studio Theater at the Carnival Center for the Performing Arts, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami; 305-949-6722,

Two Boys in a Bed on a Cold Winter's Night: James Edwin Parker's play features one of the great well-worn setups in art, The Innocent vs. The Whore, set somewhere in Manhattan, in the bedroom of Daryl, a 38-year-old gay man desperate for love. He picked up a trick the night before, and as the play opens, Daryl is emerging from the bathroom to find his trick, Peter, half asleep, massaging his crotch beneath a sheet. Daryl rouses him. They should get to know each other, he says. The ensuing conversation is the play. Revealing more of the plot would be a great disservice to Sol Theatre. Two Boys doesn't have much of a plot to begin with, and the revelations that appear in Daryl and Peter's conversation are best left as revelations. — Brandon K. Thorp Through October 28. Sol Theatre Project, 1140 N. Flagler Dr., Fort Lauderdale; 954-525-6555,

Urinetown: Set in a place plagued by a 20-year drought, where water has become so scarce that citizens must pay for the privilege to pee (anyone caught disobeying the pee law will be sent to "Urinetown"), the musical comedy isn't really about pee at all. It is brilliant political satire, skewering totalitarian governments that monitor their citizens' private lives, which is interesting timing, considering the recent actions of Fort Lauderdale's anal-retentive mayor, Jim Naugle. He wants to install robotic toilets at his city's gay beaches, in the hopes that spying on homosexual urination will stop gay guys from schtupping each other in public. Funny how real life is weirder than theater sometimes, no? The play won the Tony Award for Best Musical Score. — Dan Renzi Through November 11. Actors' Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre, 280 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables; 305-444-9293,

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