“Best Little Whorehouse” is country musical

INDIANAPOLIS – For a break from holiday-themed productions, Footlite Musicals at 1847 N. Alabama St., presents “The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas” Nov. 24 through Dec. 10. Based on a legendary Texas brothel which operated until 1973, the business faces an adversary in a conservative talk radio host who campaigns to have the brothel shut down. This production is intended for mature audiences. Visit footlite.org for show times and ticket prices.

“A Christmas Carol” returns to Indiana Repertory Theatre

INDIANAPOLIS – Join Ebenezer Scrooge, Tiny Tim and three lively ghosts on a dark and snowy journey that leads to redemption and hope as the Indiana Repertory Theatre presents Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” through Dec. 24 at the Indiana Repertory Theatre, 140 W. Washington St. Visit irtlive.com for ticket information, performance times and special events surrounding this production.

Beef & Boards presents holiday variety show

INDIANAPOLIS — Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre presents a holiday tradition with its 25th anniversary production of “A Beef & Boards Christmas“ opening Nov. 25 and playing through Dec. 23 at Beef & Boards, 9301 Michigan Road. This family show offers holiday-themed music, dance and variety. Visit beefandboards.com for show times and ticket prices. For reservations, call the Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre Box Office at 317-872-9664.

“Old Man and the Sea” is world premiere

LAWRENCE – The Lawrence Players present the world premiere of “The Old Man and the Sea,” Nov. 18, 19, 24 and 25 at Theater at the Fort, 8920 Otis Ave. Based on the novel written by Ernest Hemingway, the performance includes music, mime and puppetry in the retelling of the story of an old man and a big fish. Visit artsforlawrence.org for ticket information and performance times.

Celebrate the holidays with laughter

INDIANAPOLIS – It’s four days before Christmas in the tiny town of Tinsel, Texas, and a parade of eccentric guests have arrived at the Snowflake Inn to deck the halls in this holiday comedy from the Mud Creek Players. “Dashing Through the Snow” runs through Dec. 2 at the Mud Creek Barn, 9740 E. 86th St. Visit mudcreekplayers.com for performance dates and times and ticket information.

The Belfry presents a dickens of a Christmas

NOBLESVILLE – Christmas Eve is tough for private investigator Cactus O’Riley when two fugitives burst into her office looking for a dead detective named Jake Marley. Christmas turns into a dickens of a holiday for Cactus when her secretary’s mother who arrives because she thinks this is the Christmas murder mystery party she has always dreamed of attending. “A Christmas Cactus” plays at the Belfry, 10690 Greenfield Ave. through Dec. 3. Friday and Saturday performances are at 8 p.m. Sunday matinees are at 2 p.m. Visit thebelfrytheatre.com for ticket prices and more information.