On Stage – March 8

Travel to Venice in Repertory Theatre’s ‘Appoggiatura’

INDIANAPOLIS — A trip to Venice brings love, loss, pain and joy to three weary travelers in search of healing and happiness in the Indiana Repertory Theatre’s production of “Appoggiatura — a Venetian escapade.” Hearts leap, time bends and the floating city works its wonders in this magical play filled with music and amore. “Appoggiatura” is now playing at the Indiana Repertory Theatre, 140 W. Washington St. and plays through March 31. Visit irtlive.com for ticket information and performance times.

‘Bridges of Madison County’ is love story set to music

INDIANAPOLIS — “The Bridges of Madison County” chronicles the four-day affair between a country farm wife and a traveling National Geographic photographer who comes to Iowa to shoot the area’s fabled covered bridges. Based on the bestselling novel by Robert James Waller, Bridges tells how Francesca’s sadness and solitude are broken when her husband and children leave for the 1965 Iowa State Fair and a weary Robert Kincaid stops to ask directions for his assignment. The pair’s connection is instant and deep, yet short-lived and haunts them both for the rest of their lives. The show plays at Footlite Musicals, 1847 N. Alabama St., through March 18. Performance dates, times and ticket prices can be found at footlite.org.

‘Mamma Mia!’ — here we go again at Beef & Boards

INDIANAPOLIS — The music of Swedish rock band Abba fills the air when “Mamma Mia!” opens tonight at Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre, 9301 Michigan Road. The lively musical tells the story of a daughter planning her wedding. She would like her absent father to walk her down the aisle, but which of her mother’s three boyfriends is the one? “Mamma Mia!” runs through April 8. Visit beefandboards.com for show times and ticket prices. For reservations, call the Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre Box Office at 317-872-9664.