Kids @ the theater: What's your fave?
I've been lugging my children to see plays for years in Portland, but have only found one kid-oriented theater that truly jives with my idea of telling appropriate stories and using appropriate humor to children. And, importantly, I want to avoid examples of behavior that I'm not wanting to come home with us - you know, siblings pestering each other, people being rude to each other and laughing about it, etc... Which I've seen plenty of - and often at prices I'm very sorry to have paid.
The one I just can't get enough of is Play After Play in SE Portland. Have you been? It's minimalist theater that leaves lots to kids' imaginations - they describe it like this:
Then after the play, they play. At first I was a bit put off by it, but I've come around and my kids love it. In their words:
And it's affordable, and family-run, and cozy, and just plain real. Very Portland. You can see their fall schedule here. Their opening show for 2009-10 is "The Greatest Treasure: A Story from China." Did I mention that each month they present a real story from a different country?
All that said, I'm sure I'm missing some excellent ones, and that whether or not they fit with my idea of appropriate is of course not the best criterion for others. Which local children's theaters does your family love? And why?