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It's fall, which means theater season has kicked into full swing. Here's a quick run-down on what's coming up:

Knock 'Em Dead Dinner Theater kicks off their 26th year in their new home on Parkcenter Boulevard just east of downtown Boise. The new space is cozy and modern, with more convenient (free!) parking. Bye Bye Birdie is playing now, and runs through the end of October. A Christmas Carol, Steel Magnolias, The Fantasticks and Taming of the Shrew round out the season. Tickets for Thursday, Friday and Saturday shows range from $15-$39 dollars and can be purchased online at kedproductions.org.

It's Stage Coach Theatre's Diamond season. For 30 years, SCT has been a staple of the Boise arts scene, and this year promises to live up to that reputation. Playing now through Sunday, Oct. 24, Darwin in Malibu is the story of buddies Charles Darwin (and his young female companion), Thomas Huxley and the Bishop of Oxford contemplating God, science and plastic surgery while hanging out in Malibu. You can imagine the conversation... Watch for A Christmas Twist staged in time for the holidays. Tickets are $12-$15 for shows Thursday through Sunday. Call 342-2000 for tickets.

Goofy, silly, family fun. Seriously. That's what the players at the Prairie Dog Playhouse are all about. Currently, story elements from the Lord of the Rings, the Wizard of Oz and Riverdance are combined to create Lord of the Ring Dance. Later in the season, Larry Potter and Pita Pun take the stage. Tickets are $7-$13 and can be purchased through ticketweb.com or by calling 208-336-PETE.

Take the kids to Prairie Dog, then get in some adult time at Daisy's Madhouse with the theater company's production of Mr. Marmalade. The story about a preschooler and her imaginary friend sounds sweet, but because the imaginary friend is a grown man with a penchant for porn and cocaine in this black comedy, hire a babysitter for this one. Mr. Marmalade runs Friday and Saturday nights through Friday, Oct. 29. Tickets are $8 in advance or $10 at the door and can be purchased at daisysmadhouse.org.

Alley Repertory Theater continues its season with the production of Eve Ensler's recent hit The Good Body. The author of the Vagina Monologues once again reflects on women's universal insecurity and acceptance of the human body and its imperfections. It plays through Saturday, Oct. 23 at 8 p.m. at the Visual Arts Collective. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased through alleyrep.org or brownpapertickets.com.

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