Youth Theatre presents classroom classic

LAWRENCE — The Christian Youth Theatre of Indianapolis presents “Up the Down Staircase” Jan. 13, 14 and 15 at the Theater at the Fort, 8920 Otis Ave. The play follows Sylvia Barrett, a first-year teacher in a strict teaching environment, as she works her way through the maze of students, paperwork, assignments, personality clashes and romance. Visit theateratthefort.com for show times and ticket information.Surprise dinner guest arrives at IRTINDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana Repertory Theatre presents “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?” through Feb. 4. It’s 1967 and the world is changing. The Draytons think that they are open-minded and forward-thinking — until their white daughter brings home a black fiancé. Cultures clash and family ties are tested in this look into the power of the human heart. “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?” shows at the Indiana Repertory Theatre, 140 W. Washington St. Visit irtlive.com for ticket information.

Beef & Boards goes ‘mad’

INDIANAPOLIS — “Shear Madness” erupts at a not-so-typical hair salon, when the old lady upstairs gets mysteriously murdered. The audience combs through the clues, questioning the suspects as if they were “Shearlock Holmes.” The show runs through Jan. 29 at Beef & Boards, 9301 Michigan Road. Visit beefandboards.com for show times and ticket prices. For reservations, call the Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre box office at 317-872-9664.