Union Square is constantly buzzing with stellar shows as the hub of live theater in San Francisco. We have everything from touring national hits to local premiers each season. This fall we’re looking forward to a crop of musicals that redefine the genera in surprising and exciting ways, a reimagined Greek tragedy and a quirky love story, so take a peek and plan for a thrilling night in the square!
Elektra: Hauntingly Poetic Greek Tragedy at A.C.T.
Oct. 25 – Nov. 18 Tickets: http://www.act-sf.org/1213/elektra/index.html
One of the cornerstones of San Francisco theater, A.C.T. is both home-grown and internationally renowned for their world-class shows that span from original musicals to suspenseful dramas and everything in between. This fall you can catch their revitalized version of the Greek tragedy Elektra. This thrilling story is fueled by the dual forces of love and vengeance set against the backdrop of original music by famed composer David Lang. It is, of course, a tragedy that begins with the murder of a young woman’s father by her mother, but the themes of defiance and justice lend an edge of excitement and perseverance to the new translation by London playwright Timberlake Wertenbaker.
Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson: Andrew Jackson gets Sexypants at SF Playhouse
Oct. 9-Nov.24 Tickets: http://www.sfplayhouse.org/season1213/bloody_andrew_jackson.php
What does our 7th president have in common with The Who? They’ve both stared in rock operas, of course. SF Playhouse is all grown up and settled in their new double sized space on Post St, and they’re kicking off their 10th season with a look back on the first populist president through rock n’ roll colored glasses. A manic and emotional mix of fact and fiction – the play centers on the U.S. as it goes through its angsty, teenage years and gives it an all too appropriate score of emo pop rock. In the wake of shows like Spring Awakening and Next to Normal, this play takes the new crop of edgy rock musicals into the political arena in an ingenious manner.
Book of Mormon: SHN Brings us a Satirical Musical Comedy for the 21st Century
Nov. 27 – Dec. 30 Ticket: https://www.shnsf.com/online/bookofmormon
The creators of South Park teamed up with Avenue Q’s Robert Lopez to make a hilarious, offensive and deliriously fun musical story about Mormons on a mission in Africa. While, in typical South Park style, the content can often be somewhat controversial and poke fun at pretty much every major religion and group, the show has the heart of classic musical with stellar writing and catchy tunes. Tickets are officially sold out, but SHN has kept a select few for daily lotteries, so you still have a chance to go!
Dead Certain: A Psychological Thriller in a Hotel
Nov3 – Dec. 15 Tickets: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/284016
The Larkspur Hotel Union Square brings you an edgy and suspenseful tale that begins when a disabled ex-dancer with a domineering personality hires a fledgling out-of-work actor to privately perform her new play. The lines between the play and the play within the play are blurred, and the audience follows the actor into an increasingly threatening situation as the plot unfolds.
Taking me for a Ride: A Sort of Sad but Funny Love Story from Alcove Theater
Oct. 21 – Dec. 9 Tickets: http://generationtheatre.com/ContentPages/General/StartupPage.aspx
A brand new play by up and coming playwright Louise Cormelin, Taking me for a Ride is a modern love story with a hint of sadness and a lot of laughs.
We suggest you nab discount tickets to most of these shows through Tix Bay Area. You can always make a night of it with dinner at one of our top restaurants. We’re loving Jasper’s Corner Tap, ANZU, Burritt Tavern and the newly revamped E&O Asian Kitchen for pre-theater dinner and drinks right now.