Stage Beauty, October 9, through October 18, 8pm Fridays-Saturdays, 2pm Sundays, $10-$15, Main Stage, SMC, 1900 Pico Blvd., 310.434.4319.
Santa Monica College’s Theatre Arts Department is one of the most highly regarded college theatre programs-and they’re ambitious too, as this production shows. Jeffrey Hatcher’s play deals with theatre in Restoration England, at the time when women were first allowed to play female roles, thus putting male actors who impersonated women out of work.
Scott Wannberg, David Smith, Ellyn Maybe, and S.A. Griffin, Poetry, October 11, 4pm, $5-$7, Beyond Baroque, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice, 310.822.3006.
This is no mere poetry reading. All four of these poets are performers who possess the timing of standup comedy and the insight of philosophers. If you’ve never been to a poetry event before, this might just surprise you.