Knock ’em Dead Dinner Theatre is back on the boards — just not their own. The longtime community theater organization unexpectedly lost the lease to its spot on ParkCenter Boulevard in March. Prior to that, KED was on 9th Street in a building that was razed to make room for the JUMP project.
“The Best Little Whore House in Texas” will run for seven shows in October at the AEN Playhouse, an event center at 8001 W. Fairview Ave. near Shopko in the Fairwood Shopping Center.
The owners of AEN reached out to Knock 'em Dead, and so far it feels like a win-win, says KED board member Millie Boardman.
“The AEN Playhouse actually makes it possible for us to continue our dinner-show model,” Boardman wrote in an email. “They will not only provide a space but manage the catered dinners and alcoholic beverages while we now will be able to concentrate on producing the show.”
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Knock 'em Dead is still weighing its options for performance space, but rather than focusing on finding and converting a new space into a theater, the company will concentrate on producing shows to replace the two it was unable to do in the spring.
Since it was founded in 1984, the theater company has recreated itself in three different locations in Boise. Boardman says they're not ready to undertake remodeling a fourth at this time. Instead they will seek partnerships, like the current one at AEN, which is how the theater began producing.
“The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas” will run Fridays and Saturdays Oct. 3-11 with dinner at 6:30 p.m., show at 8 p.m. and 3 p.m. Oct. 5, 7 p.m. Oct. 8-9 for show only at the AEN Playhouse, 8001 W. Fairview Ave., Boise. Tickets are $39 for dinner and show, $20 for show only at kedproductions.org.