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April 4, 2014

TIX Bay Area's Guide to Spring Theater in Union Square

**Guest Blog post by the team at Tix Bay Area

There’s no denying that Union Square is San Francisco’s hub for all things entertainment. It is the heart of the city’s theatre scene, which ranks as one of the most refreshingly innovative and vibrant in the world. From experimental new play incubators to classic musical revues, the Square’s got it. It doesn’t matter where you’re from, attending a show in San Francisco is an absolute must and we, the connoisseurs of TIX Bay Area, are here to guide you along for an unforgettable theatrical night out: 

Just a block from the TIX Booth in Union Square is the San Francisco Playhouse (450 Post St. — on the second floor of the Kensington Park Hotel) — where Bauer, a new play based on legendary non-objective artist Rudolf Bauer, is currently having its world premiere.

The Tony Award-winning American Conservatory Theater (415 Geary St. — between Mason and Taylor) is a few blocks away. If you’re looking for something edgy, don’t miss their run of Venus in Fur — a show centered on a spicy relationship between a controlling director and a seductress-actress. 

Nearby, in the Tenderloin district, the EXIT Theatre (156 Eddy St. — between Mason and Taylor) is the go-to theater for experimental new works. Opening in April is magician Kevin Ferguson’s Falsehoods & Fairytales. Its second venue, the EXIT on Taylor (277 Taylor St. — cross street is Ellis), has the Cutting Ball Theater in residence. Near the end of the month, the avant-garde theater will present the American premiere of French play, Communiqué n° 10

Magic enthusiasts can also head over to the San Francisco Magic Parlor (433 Powell St. — at the Chancellor Hotel) and allow conjurer Walt Anthony to take you on a joyride that blends San Francisco tales with classic conjuring. 

Perhaps the busiest theater in Union Square is the Shelton Theater (533 Sutter St. — between Powell and Mason), which serves as the performance venue for numerous companies. They present contemporary new works by Bay Area artists as well as comedy showcases such as Secret Improv Society and Un-Scripted Theater Company’s weekly improvised revues. On stage now is Left Coast Theatre Company’s Twisted Fairy Tales and the long-running Foodies: The Musical.

414 Mason St. (between Geary and Post) is also the home to numerous theatre companies. The 4th floor holds the Alcove Theater where the New Musical Theater of San Francisco is in residence. The 6th floor Phoenix Theatre is hosting 99 Stock Productions’ world premiere deconstruction of Pinocchio entitled I Never Lie, and at the beginning of May, Ninjaz of Drama is bringing Shakespeare to Union Square with Romeo and Juliet.

If something a bit more musical is your style, look no further than Feinstein’s at the Nikko (222 Mason St. — between O’Farrell and Ellis) — San Francisco’s exclusive nightclub. In April alone, the venue will headline Broadway sensations Joan Collins, Megan Hilty and Sierra Boggess among others. Or head in the classical route and visit the Marine’s Memorial Theatre (609 Sutter St. — on Mason). This month, as part of Chamber Music San Francisco’s 2014 season, the historic theater will be hosting the Vogler Quartet and pianists Khatia Buniatishvili and Olga Kern. 

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