On Stage – September 14

Mud Creek Players present melodrama

INDIANAPOLIS — The Mud Creek Players present “Curse of an Aching Heart,” a modern rendition of an old melodrama. Melody Lane is a self-educated orphan forced to marry Windermere Hightower. Hightower expects Melody to be an accomplice in all his criminal activity. Melody runs away in search of true love — and finds it — but Windermere is hot on her trail. The show plays Sept. 15 through Sept. 30 at the Mud Creek Barn, 9740 E. 86th St. Friday and Saturday shows are at 8 p.m., and Sunday matinees are at 2:30 p.m. Visit mudcreekplayers.com for ticket information.

‘Curious Incident’ brings novel to life

INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana Repertory presents the Tony Award-winning stage play “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time” based on the novel by Mark Haddon Sept. 19 through Oct. 14. A teenage math savant investigates a puzzling neighborhood occurrence and begins an extraordinary journey that takes him places he has never been. The Indiana Repertory Theatre is located at 140 W. Washington St. Visit irtlive.com for ticket information and performance times.

‘West Side Story’ stages Shakespeare’s romance

INDIANAPOLIS — Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet” finds its way to New York City in “West Side Story,” as two young lovers — Maria and Tony — struggle to survive in a world of hate, gang violence and prejudice. Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim’s musical score includes “I Feel Pretty,” “Maria” and “Tonight.” “West Side Story” plays through Oct. 1 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.