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Curious Comedy Theater
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What’s to Love:  My band for kids and families (The Toy Trains) recently had a show at The Curious Comedy Theater with other local “Kindie” artists Johnny & Jason and Mo Phillips.  Check-out the video clips below in the text of the article.  I wanted to do a short write-up about this wonderful little (non-profit) theater that provides a wide variety of comedy shows and special shows just for kids and families.

Board Member and Artistic Director, Stacey Hallal has over a decade of experience in the comedy theater business.  Here is a quote from the Curious Comedy Theater website about Stacey.

Stacey has been performing, teaching, and directing improv and sketch comedy in Portland and Chicago over the past ten years and has appeared and taught at over 25 comedy festivals across the United States and Canada. While in Chicago, Stacey completed the iO Chicago, Annoyance, and Second City training centers. She went on to complete the prestigious Directing Program at Second City where she also taught improv and writing to adults and kids as a member of the Second City Training Faculty. Stacey assistant directed the smash hit Second City mainstage production, Between Barack and A Hard Place. In Portland, Stacey was a member of the critically acclaimed comedy duo All Jane No Dick and debuted her one-woman show, The Humperdink Family Reunion, to rave reviews. Stacey uses improv to help corporations better understand and tell their brand stories with Character, LLC, a Portland-based company she helped start up in 2001.

“The Curious Garden,” is monthly on every second Sunday at 10:30am, doors at 10:00am.  Also, throughout the year, you’ll want to keep checking their calendar for shows that appeal to the whole family.  Here is a 2-minute clip from “The Curious Garden.”

Here are some highlights from the PDX Kindie Music Fest on Saturday, April 30th, 2011.

The Toy Trains:

Johnny & Jason:

Mo Phillips:

This is a great venue and well worth your continued support!  The facility is clean and well-kept with a decent sound system.  There are tables with chairs and plenty of room up-front for kids to dance, move, and squirm around without bothering anyone.

Caveats: Do not park on MLK.  It’s a busy street and the traffic comes very close to your car when exiting.

Distance from Portland 5225 NE Martin Luther King Blvd., Portland, OR  97211

Recommended Ages:  Depends on the show.  There are shows for little kids (0-8) and every weekend night for adults 18 and up. Some shows are appropriate for teens. Check the schedule for more details.

Parental Stress Factor:  Low stress and lots of fun for parents as well as kids.

Physical Difficulty:  The Theater is handicap-accessible.

Family Fun Factor:  If you’re a family with younger children, the fun factor is HIGH!  Older kids and teens…not so much.

Weather Considerations:  Checking out a show is a great rainy day activity!

Insider Info:  They have a BIG parking lot behind (on the west side) of the theater.  For the various productions and concerts, tickets can be purchased online.  This can usually save you a bit of money as compared to buying them at the door.

Family Tips:  The theater offers a pretty robust menu for the whole family.  Look for salad, Quesadillas, hummus, paninis, chili, and more for relatively-low prices.  There are usually a couple of different beers on-tap as well!

If the kids get a bit restless, the area right outside the theater offers a nice respite with a fountain and rocks on which to walk and/or jump.

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