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You'll 'Dye' Laughing! SHEAR MADNESS to Open Beef & Boards' 2017 Season

Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre opens its 44th Season on Dec. 29 with the Indiana debut of Shear Madness, the first of four new shows on its stage in 2017. This play, known as "America's favorite comedy whodunit," will have audiences rolling in the aisles as they help detangle the clues of a murder mystery in a not-so-typical hair salon.

Featuring a unique blend of madcap improvisation and spine-tickling mystery, and set right here in Indianapolis, the Beef & Boards production features local references throughout the show and up-to-the-minute spontaneous humor.

When the old lady upstairs is murdered, the audience gets to spot the clues, question the suspects, and solve the funniest mystery in the annals of crime. The outcome is never the same, which is why many audience members return again and again to the scene of the mayhem.

Shear Madness stars Jeff Stockberger as Nick Rosetti, the cop; Daniel Klingler as Tony Whitcomb, the salon owner; Jenny Reber as the hairdresser Barbara DeMarco; Suzanne Stark as the socialite Mrs. Eleanor Shubert; Nathan Robbins as the undercover cop Mickey Thomas, and Michael Shelton as the mystery man Eddie Lawrence.

Voted "Best Comedy of the Year" seven times by the Boston Globe and recipient of the title "Best Play of the Year" by both the Chicago Sun-Times and the Philadelphia Enquirer, Shear Madness has also received the Raven Award from the Mystery Writers of America and has been inducted into the Comedy Hall of Fame, the first play ever to receive that accolade. Shear Madness is listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the longest running play in the history of the USA.

Shear Madness is on stage for 30 performances through Jan. 29 in the intimate space of Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre. Tickets range from $42.50 to $67.50 and include Chef Odell Ward's holiday buffet and select beverages. Parking is always free. For reservations, call the box office at 317.872.9664 anytime between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays.

Ring in the New Year with a special performance of Shear Madness on Dec. 31, which includes the dinner buffet, show, party favors, dancing to live music, balloon drop, and champagne toast at midnight, as well as Chef Odell Ward's breakfast buffet. Tickets to this special celebration are $84.

For more information, including complete show schedule, visit Shear Madness is rated PG-13 for some adult humor, and is sponsored in part by Salon 01.

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