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February 16, 2018

Raising the Curtains

What’s Coming this Spring to Union Square’s Theater District

One of Union Square’s best kept secrets is its Theater District. This is where the Bay Area meets artistic hit shows filled with laughter, inspiration and emotions. If you are coming from out of town, start planning your trip for this spring season for an evening you will never forget. 


1.    The Curran was built in 1922 and has housed some of the biggest productions in theater history. Since is opening almost a century ago, the Curran underwent a complete renovation of its interior. Unique changes are around every corner. Everything from local art installations to breathtaking memories from the 1920’s, the Curran is an artistic hub that attracts local and international audiences alike. 

Head Over Heels is coming April 10 – May 6. The show features a “fearlessly fresh new musical comedy from the legends of The Go-Go’s. An inspired mash-up of posh and punk, HEAD OVER HEELS is an unpredictable Elizabethan romp about a royal family that must prevent an oracle’s prophecy of doom. In order to save their beloved kingdom, the family embarks on an extravagant journey where they are faced with mistaken identities, love triangles, sexual awakening and self-discovery.”


2.    A.C.T first opened at The Geary Theater in 1967. By the 1970’s, A.C.T stood out as a national and international reputable location for award winning performances. A.C.T earned a Tony Award for outstanding theater performance training in 1979. It is home to 3,000 students trained there every year. Famous figures like Danny Glover, Annette Bening and Denzel Washington have been taught through A.C.T’s programs. We are thrilled to welcome A.C.T’s new Artistic Director, Pam MacKinnon, a Tony and Drama Desk award winner  for her direction of Edward Albee’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
Vietgone: The Irreverent Road-trip Comedy hits the A.C.T stage from February 21 through April. “In this contemporary twist on the classic story of boy meets girl, three young Vietnamese immigrants leave their war-torn country for an eye-opening road trip across the bewildering and foreign landscape of 1970s America.”

3.    SF Playhouse is Union Square’s intimate alternative to larger traditional productions. Being close to the action allows audiences to experience professional actors and stage design with a personal touch. Since opened in 2003, SF Playhouse has uplifted the spirits of showgoers with world-class productions.  

The Effect will be on stage from March 20 through April 28. “Connie and Tristan are falling head-over-heels in love—or is that just a side effect? As volunteers in a clinical trial for a new super-antidepressant, they can’t really be sure. As their sudden romance heats up, they’re left wondering if they can believe their own feelings, and their doctors are forced to consider the ethical consequences of their work.”