On Stage – November 16

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KidsPlay’s “Sahara Nights” parodies Arabian Nights stories

GREENFIELD — KidsPlay Inc. children’s theater will present “Sahara Nights” Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the H.J. Ricks Centre for the Arts, 122 W. Main St. Legendary Arabian storyteller Scheherazade adds modern twists to the classic 1,001 Arabian Nights stories in this family-friendly spoof. Sahara, to her friends, spins tales for the Sultan in order to free her friend Aladdin – arrested because of overdue library books — from prison. Friday and Saturday performances are at 7:30 p.m. and the Sunday matinee is at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are available for $5 at Hometown Comics, 2506 N. State St., or at the door an hour before performance time. For more information, called 317-294-3087 or visit KidsPlay Inc. on Facebook.

“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.

Tinsel, Texas full of eccentric characters

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” opens Friday and runs through Dec. 2 at the Mud Creek Barn, 9740 E. 86th St. Visit mudcreekplayers.com for performance dates and times and ticket information.

Christmas is a mystery for Cactus O’Riley

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” opens Friday at the Belfry, 10690 Greenfield Ave. and plays 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.