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Knock 'Em Dead Hopes to Relocate, Improv Comes to Town

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Knock 'Em Dead Dinner Theatre will stage no more performances at the Parkcenter Mall. The local theater group announced on its Facebook page Feb. 27 that it had unexpectedly been given 30-days notice to move out of its space at 415 E. Parkcenter Blvd., and was unable to negotiate a lease agreement beyond March 31.

"We will no longer be performing at the Parkcenter Mall, so our last two shows of the season are on hold until we find a performance venue," KED stated on its website.

Shows on hold include Avenue Q, a Tony-winning contemporary musical about a group of unique 20-somethings making their way in New York; and a stage adaptation of the Jane Austen classic Sense and Sensibility. Avenue Q had been scheduled for March 21-April 19, while Sense and Sensibility had been slated for May 16-June 15.

KED has asked cast members and supporters to lend a hand starting with moving Wednesday, March 5, at 7 p.m., when shoes, props and hats will be boxed up. Saturday, March 8, will include packing up costumes and the prop room, and taking them to a storage unit, followed by another moving day Saturday, March 15.

"With lots of hands, it should make the work easy. Please consider helping us!! After 29 years we must once again live out of storage while we work on performance venues!!" KED posted on its Facebook page March 1.

Go to kedproductions.org for more info.

In other stage news, serious improv performers--or those who feel like it's time to get serious--have a golden opportunity to hone and/or build those skills. iO Chicago, the internationally famous improv school and theater located a mere block from Wrigley Field, is coming to Boise for a weeklong, intensive course in long-form improvisation.

Running from noon-6:30 p.m. March 24-29 and led by iO Artistic Director Charna Halpern--author of the "improv bible" Truth in Comedy (which Bill Murray called "The most important group work since they built the pyramids")--the class will introduce attendees to the principles of long-form improvisation, which include intense collaboration.

Halpern, who co-founded iO with the late improv pioneer Del Close, has trained more than 5,000 performers since the school opened its doors in 1981. Among the distinguished alumni of iO: Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Seth Meyers, Stephen Colbert, Chris Farley, Jason Sudeikis and Mike Myers.

The class, which costs $335, is presented by Meridian-based Brand! New Productions, formerly Improvolution. Location still to be determined.