Much Ado About Nothing A PCPA Theaterfest presentation. Through Sun., Sept. 17, Solvang Festival Theatre, 922-8313.
Dames at Sea A PCPA musical satire spoofing the Busby Berkeley films of the 1930s. Through Sat., Sept. 16, Marian Theatre, Santa Maria; Fri., Sept. 22 - Sun., Oct. 8 (Fri., Sat., and Thu., 8pm; Sat., Sun., and Wed., 2pm). Solvang Festival Theatre, 922-8313.
Relative Values Noel Coward’s 1950s comedy of manners provides mealtime entertainment. Fri., Sept. 15 - Sun., Oct. 29, Circle Bar B Dinner Theatre, 967-1962.
The Shape of Things The brand-spanking-new Loose Affiliation of Artists presents this play by Neil LaBute, directed by Sara Martinovich. Thu., Sept. 28 - Sat., Sept. 30 and Thu., Oct. 5 - Sat., Oct. 7, 8pm, Center Stage Theater, 963-0408.
Betrayal Ensemble Theatre Company presents the play by Nobel laureate writer Harold Pinter. Fri., Sept. 29 - Sun., Oct. 22 (Tue. - Sat., 8pm; Sun., 2 and 7pm). Alhecama Theatre, 962-8606.
Man of La Mancha Ventura’s Rubicon Theatre Company performs Man of La Mancha. Thu., Oct. 5 - Sun., Oct. 29, times vary, Rubicon Theatre, 667-2900.
Peony Pavilion Suzhou Kun Opera Theatre of Jiangsu brings to life the epic Chinese love story Peony Pavilion. Fri., Oct. 6 and Sat., Oct. 7, 7pm; Sun., Oct. 8, 2pm, Lobero Theatre, 893-3535.
Lit Moon Shakespeare Fest Between October 12 and 22, Santa Barbara’s Lit Moon World Shakespeare Festival explodes with Shakespeare productions. Lit Moon Theater Company presents Hamlet at Westmont College’s Porter Theatre. The Theatre Artists Group performs the rarely produced Timon of Athens at UCSB’s Hatlen Theatre, and Montreal’s Canis Tempus theater company puts a twist on tradition with Juliet and Romeo at the Lobero Theatre. In collaboration with Westmont College, Lit Moon presents King Richard II at Trinity Episcopal Church. Teatr Modjeska of Poland uses the Lobero stage in unconventional ways in their production of Othello, and Bulgaria’s State Puppet Theater of Bourgas presents As You Like It at Center Stage Theater. Center Stage will also provide an intimate setting for Lit Moon’s own Tempest. All tickets are available through the Lobero Box Office, 963-0761 or lobero.com.
Romeo and Juliet Bulgarian National Theatre’s award-winning director Lilia Abadjieva is known for her radical reinterpretations of Shakespeare; this rendition of Romeo and Juliet is played by an all-male cast to a rock ’n’ roll score. Thu., Oct. 19 and Fri., Oct. 20, 7pm, Lobero Theatre, 893-3535.
The Foreigner Santa Barbara City College Theatre Group presents the comedy by Larry Shue. Fri., Oct. 20 - Sat., Nov. 4, 8pm (Sundays, 2pm), Garvin Theatre, 965‑5935.
Forever Plaid Santa Barbara Theatre opens its second season with Forever Plaid, a musical celebrating the innocence of the 1950s. Wed., Oct. 25 - Fri., Oct. 27, 8pm; Sun., Oct. 29, 2pm, Lobero Theatre, 963-7282.
The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia? Genesis West will open Edward Albee’s play on November 4. Sat., Nov. 4 - Sat., Nov. 18, Center Stage Theater, 963-0408.
The Constant Wife Also from the folks at Ensemble comes W. Somerset Maugham’s comedy of manners, The Constant Wife. Fri., Nov. 24 - Sun., Dec. 17 (Tue.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 2 and 7pm). Alhecama Theatre, 962-8606.