On Stage – January 30


”Four Old Broads” opens at Buck Creek

INDIANAPOLIS — Retired burlesque queen Beatrice Shelton desperately needs a vacation, and a Sassy Seniors Cruise through the Caribbean may be just the ticket if she can just convince her best friend, Eaddy Mae Clayton, to stop praying and go with her. Unfortunately, things have not been very pleasant at Magnolia Place Assisted Living since Nurse Pat Jones began working there. Imogene Fletcher is suddenly losing her memory; Maude Jenkins is obsessed with soap operas and planning her own funeral; Sam Smith, retired Elvis impersonator, keeps trying to bed every woman in the building. A mystery unfolds as the gals try to outsmart the evil Nurse Pat Jones and figure out why so many residents have been moved to “the dark side;” what exactly IS that mysterious pill, and what happened to Doctor Head? Imogene goes undercover and Maude enters the Miss Magnolia Senior Citizen Pageant to throw Pat off their trail. If they can solve the mystery, they may make it to the cruise ship after all. “Four Old Broads” runs Jan. 31-Feb. 9 at the Buck Creek Playhouse, 11150 Southeastern Ave. For more information and show times, visit buckcreeplayers.com or call 317-862-2270.

Tribute to Stephen Sondheim plays at the Belfry

NOBLESVILLE — The Hamilton County Theatre Guild presents “Side by Side by Sondheim” through Feb. 5 at the Belfry, 10690 Greenfield Ave. This Tony Award-winning musical is an introduction to the work of Stephen Sondheim, and includes songs from his productions of “Company,” “Follies” and “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum.” Visit thebelfrytheatre.com for ticket prices and show times.

“Steel Magnolias” explores friendship

INDIANAPOLIS — Beef & Boards opens its 2020 season with “Steel Magnolias,” the story of lifelong friends — a group of gossipy southern ladies — in a small-town beauty parlor. Alternately hilarious and touching, it reveals the strength of women and their friendships. The play was turned into a Hollywood blockbuster in 1989 and starred Sally Field, Dolly Parton, Shirley Maclaine, Daryl Hannah, Olympia Dukakis — and young and unknown 19-year-old Julia Roberts. “Steel Magnolias” plays through Feb. 2 at Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre, 9301 Michigan Road. For a complete show schedule and ticket prices, visit beefandboards.com. For reservations, call the Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre Box Office at 317-872-9664.