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Santa Monica Playhouse

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Address: 1211 Fourth St., Santa Monica, CA 90401
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+1 310-394-9779

Located in the heart of Downtown Santa Monica, Santa Monica Playhouse is an...

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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Charming shows in a historic venue

Eager-to-please performers delivering enthusiastic shows, skewing towards the light and frothy comedic side of the scale are generally showcased here. This tiny complex of a few... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 20 December 2016
Ray Q
Pasadena, California
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Pasadena, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 December 2016

Eager-to-please performers delivering enthusiastic shows, skewing towards the light and frothy comedic side of the scale are generally showcased here. This tiny complex of a few different stages has hosted a variety of works for over 50 years and chooses productions that are well suited to small stages where every seat is a good seat. There is a quaint courtyard... More 

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San Luis Obispo, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 June 2015

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 87 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 March 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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Santa Monica, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 April 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 bubbles Reviewed 9 January 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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 September 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 bubbles Reviewed 18 May 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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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 December 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 bubbles Reviewed 29 May 2012

Always doing interesting work that has something for the entire family

1 Thank SantaMonicaEagle

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