November 14, 2017 | By Jackie Luskey | No Comments

Holiday Dinner and a Show

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Few evening plans can instantly elevate your night more than dinner and a show. While traveling or hosting family during the holiday season, that sentiment increases tenfold. From Christmas classics to cheeky reinventions, find your festive spirit with a holiday dinner and a show in Tualatin Valley.

Tigard’s Broadway Rose Theatre Company

Find a cozy corner at Café Allegro and settle in for a romantic, Italian dinner. Located in the heart of Main Street, Tigard, the café offers local charm and amazing food. You can go as casual as hearth-baked pizza to as authentic as the prosciutto carbonara.

After comforting food comes comforting tunes. The Broadway Rose Theatre Company presents Your Holiday Hit Parade (November 22 to December 23). In the show, ghosts of Christmas past haunt the halls of a sleepy hotel to perform holiday classics from the ‘40s, ‘50s and ‘60s. It’s a new show with an old rock ‘n roll heart.

Hillsboro’s Bag&Baggage Productions

Clark’s Bistro and Pub offers a friendly, yet slightly moody vibe that seems tailormade for a dinner and a show itinerary. The versatile menu has something for every appetite, from sensible salads to half-pound burgers with house-made sweet potato chips (do not miss those!). The seasonal cocktail menu is especially impressive. Clark’s take on a sugar plum fairy is the Pacific Plum Sour, which includes a house-made plum liqueur and cinnamon bitters.

With a happy belly, you’ll be ready for Bag&Baggage Productions’ Charles Dickens Writes A Christmas Carol (November 30 to December 23). As the most popular production in the theater company’s history, it’s no surprise to see the show stage a reprise of its holiday antics.

Bag&Baggage Productions also hosts a one-night event with the comedy Troupe, FAKE RADIO (December 13). The crew will perform It’s A Wonderful Life as an old-timey radio broadcast, wearing period clothing and broadcasting equipment.

Bonus: Also nearby, HART Theatre is another great option with its production of Godspell (December 1-17). This interpretation of the rock opera conceives the cast as clowns and hippies for a truly thought-provoking theater experience.

Forest Grove’s Theatre in the Grove

Have a pre-show bite at Bites in Forest Grove. The Asian fusion dishes are as surprising and delightful as the show you are about to see. We promise you’ll have your pick of dishes that you’ve never tried before—and that you’ll be tempted to lick your plate clean. Thai coconut risotto, udon carbonara and alfredo sen yai are just a few of the inventive, have-to-try-it plates.

Just down the street, Theatre in the Grove presents Once Upon a Mattress (December 1-17). It’s a farce of a fairytale with a raucous romance as its narrative thread.

Bonus: A Tualatin Valley tradition, Ballet Forest Grove hosts its annual Nutcracker Ballet (December 9-10). With an early show time, watch the enchanting show and allow your appetite to wind up like a music box ballerina for a post-show dinner.

Beaverton’s Civic Theatre

The Watson Hall kitchen is primed for your pre-show snacking. A festive way to start the evening is with a shared fondue. Dip house-made brats and sweet apples into the cheesy pot.

Amidst the lineup of holiday classics, we can’t forget about the musical Annie. The show leads toward Roosevelt’s “New Deal” for Christmas finale song. Beaverton Civic Theatre presents its own Annie, filled with the sweet Christmas cheer we expect and know so well (December 1-17).

There you have it. Now, you are fully-equipped for your next dinner and a show. We hope the hearty food and quality performances warm you up during these holiday season nights.

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