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Santa Monica Playhouse

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Address: 1211 Fourth St., Santa Monica, CA 90401
Phone Number: 310-394-9779
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Description: Located in the heart of Downtown Santa Monica, Santa Monica Playhouse is...
Located in the heart of Downtown Santa Monica, Santa Monica Playhouse is an internationally acclaimed professional intimate theatre and educational conservatory, presenting exciting year-round Main Stage productions, Family Theatre musicals, workshops for youth, pre-schoolers and adults, classes in private and public schools and birthday parties from its jewel of a theatre space at 1211 4th Street. In almost half a century of operation it has garnered over 200 awards and commendations.
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Intimate and fun

Saw a kitschy, musical, drag version of Cinderella which was pure silly fun. This is a very small, intimate theater. Staff was very friendly and accommodating. Easy walk from... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 29, 2015
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San Luis Obispo, California
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San Luis Obispo, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 NEW

Saw a kitschy, musical, drag version of Cinderella which was pure silly fun. This is a very small, intimate theater. Staff was very friendly and accommodating. Easy walk from parking structures and restaurants galore.

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Huntington Beach
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

"Jamaica Farewell" is actress/writer Debra Erhardt's personal story. In 90 short minutes (no intermission) she tells her amazing story of her life in Jamaica and her dream to come to America. Along the way she overcomes many pitfalls and challenges. She tells all with many laughs, pathos, tons of energy and enough dramatic effect that allows you to imagine the... More 

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

My wife Sandra and I visited the theater on 19 September 2010 during our vacation from the UK and thoroughly enjoyed 'Elizabeth Shakespeare and the Astute Detective'. The performance was thoroughly enjoyable with excellent acting, writing and direction. A reviewer from the 'Toloucan Times' spoke to us that evening and we gave her very positive feedback about the production. The... More 

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Santa Monica, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2014

Craving some culture? Head over to SM Playhouse for a one act play, a cabaret or children's performances. There's something for everyone. It's a great local theatre company and fun little space within walking distance of good restaurants, bars and public parking (and the bus).

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Ukiah, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2014

Two shows with buffet supper (nothing special), dessert, wine, champagne, party hats and delightful staff who turned out to be the performers! All original songs, but masterfully presented and thoroughly enjoyable. The staff was extremely helpful with best tickets and seating for my sister in a wheel chair due to recent surgery. Families with young children were there to enjoy... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2013

Great community theatre. Used to come here for years. Now when we visit the kids, we can bring them, and the grandchildren, to most of the shows and enjoy ourselves! Tremendous talent, great selection - we are never disappointed!

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Malibu
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2013

Saturday nights at 7 PM if you are near Santa Monica, please go and see the Play, "Adults Keep Out" since it is really well done as a musical with adventure, romance and good political satire for all!

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McFarland, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2013 via mobile

It seems like a hundred theaters are in LA, and everyone seems to be working there while waiting for the real break to take place. Santa.Monica Playhouse is not that kind of theater. A dedicated band of actors and staff struggle to keep it going while producing excellent theater. A specialty on weekends is children's theater - local parents would... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2012

This is a run down theatre that is a fire trap and desperately in need of serious renovation. It is a shame because their venues are excellent. It is a mystery why the city has not condemned this building.

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santa monica
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2012

Always doing interesting work that has something for the entire family

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Address: Address: 1211 Fourth St., Santa Monica, CA 90401
Phone Number: 310-394-9779
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Monica>  > Santa Monica

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Santa Monica is a coastal town that maintains a balance as a tourist destination and as an area with a thriving local culture. On the beach, bikers, roller-bladers, runners and walkers move along the famed bike path enjoying the beautiful Los Angeles weather. The solar-powered Ferris wheel at the Santa Monica pier spins high above the water, while park revelers scream with delight riding the roller coaster. Inland from the beach, Third Street Promenade bustles with shoppers and street performers, where every block seems to have a musical or acrobatic act drawing crowds giving Santa Monica both the feeling of a laid-back beach town and a major commercial hub.
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