The Underground

A satellite theatre of the Duluth Playhouse, the Underground Theatre is located in the lower level of the Depot across from the train museum. This is a general admission 120-seat theatre with no visual obstructions any time you see a performance.

VENUE ADDRESS: 506 W. Michigan St., Duluth MN 55802 (in the lower level of the Depot)

 


 


Current Season


Give yourself over to absolute pleasure...
Dates

October 31-November 3


Showtimes

All performances at 7:30pm


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The cult-classic returns with actors bringing the characters off the screen and into the theatre with live, lip-synching performances, prop bags, and audience interaction with Zenith City Horror!

One fateful night, Brad Majors and his fiancée, Janet Weiss — a wholesome, well-behaved, utterly normal young couple in love — innocently set out to visit an old professor. Unfortunately for them, this night out is destined to be one they will never forget.

A thunderstorm and a flat-tire force them to seek help at the castle of Dr. Frank ’N’ Furter, an alien, transvestite scientist with a manic genius and insatiable libido. Brad, Janet, and Frank’ N’ Furter’s cohorts are swept up into the scientist’s latest experiment.

The night’s misadventures will cause Brad and Janet to question everything they’ve known about themselves, each other, love, and lust. The Rocky Horror Show is a hilarious, wild ride that no audience will soon forget.

 


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Feeling a little NAUGHTY this holiday season?
Dates

December 6-8


Showtimes

8:00pm


The Underground returns to the Macys department store for this delightfully devilish holiday hit based on the essays by David Sedaris.

Luke Moravec returns as David, the desperate out-of-work New Yorker who takes a job as a SantaLand elf named Crumpet.

  • For mature elves only
  • Standard Ticket: $20

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How far would you go to get what you want?
Dates

January 10-26


Showtimes

Thursday-Saturday @ 7:30pm

 


Written by Joe Paley
Composed by Marvin Laird

Ruthless! The Musical tells the story of the beautiful and talented 8-year-old Tina Denmark who will do anything to play the lead in her school play… ANYTHING! Tina knows she was born to play Pippi Longstocking, and she will do absolutely anything to win the part in her school musical…including murder!

A very funny, fast-paced and wickedly twisted musical comedy, this aggressively outrageous hit garnered rave reviews during its long Off-Broadway run.


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You have five minutes to tell your tale.
Dates

February 16, 2019


Showtimes

7:00pm


You have a story. Tell it. You have a vision. Show it. You have a talent. Share it. You have FIVE MINUTES OR LESS.

The Underground Theatre presents the 14th Annual Short Shorts Film Festival in Duluth, Minnesota. It is Northern Minnesota’s only Short Film Festival. This Film Festival is open to professional and amateur filmmakers from all over the world, and in all genres.

A panel of judges will select the top 15 finalists, and a live audience will pick the top three winners at the event, who will receive cash prizes.

Now seeking submissions!

  • Visit FilmFreeway.com to submit your short short film.
  • Questions? Email Robert at rlee@duluthplayhouse.org.
  • Deadline for Submission: February 9, 2019
  • Finalists will be notified via email if their film has been selected to be shown at the festival the week of February 11th.

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WHAT SHE SAID: ONE-ACT FESTIVAL
Dates

March 21-23


Showtimes

7:30pm


The celebration of original one-acts returns for its third year! Written by women all over the world and directed by women from across the Twin Ports, this series of short plays highlights women voices and everything they have to say.


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There's always time to remember
Dates

April 25-May 4


Showtimes

Thursday-Saturday @ 7:30pm


Book by Tom Jones
Music by Harvey Schmidt
Lyrics by Tom Jones
Based on Les Romanesques by Edmond Rostand

“Try To Remember” a time when this romantic charmer wasn’t enchanting audiences around the world.

The Fantasticks is a funny and romantic musical about a boy, a girl, and their two fathers who try to keep them apart. The narrator, El Gallo, asks the audience to use their imagination and follow him into a world of moonlight and magic. The boy and the girl fall in love, grow apart and finally find their way back to each other after realizing the truth in El Gallo’s words that, “without a hurt, the heart is hollow.”

 


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A modern spin on the classic Greek tale
Dates

May 30-June 8


Showtimes

Thursday-Saturday @ 7:30pm


Written by Sarah Ruhl
Based on the Greek tale of Orpheus and Eurydice

In Eurydice, playwright Sarah Ruhl reimagines the classic myth of Orpheus through the eyes of its heroine.

Dying too young on her wedding day, Eurydice must journey to the underworld, where she reunites with her father and struggles to remember her soulmate whom she left behind. With contemporary characters, ingenious plot twists, and breathtaking visual effects, the play is a fresh look at a timeless love story.


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Writing comedy is a riot
Dates

August 1-10


Showtimes

Thursday-Saturday @ 7:30pm


Written by Neil Simon

Playwright Neil Simon got his first big break in the early ‘50s as a staff writer on Sid Caesar’s fabled television series Your Show of Shows, and this comedy takes a fictionalized look at the backstage chaos that went into producing one of the landmarks of television’s golden age.

People everywhere gather around the TV each week to watch their favorite comedian Max Prince. He’s loud, brash and larger than life. His temper tantrums and one-liners have the power to make careers – or make misery for the writers working around him. The network censors want to change the show to make it more “advertiser-friendly.” But messing with Max can only mean the jokes and jabs will get funnier and wilder in an uncertain future, as the world of television heads for a change.

 


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A Pride Special Event: HEDWIG & THE ANGRY INCH
Dates

August 29-31


Showtimes

This rock-musical comedy follows the beautifully tragic life story of transgender East German-born Hansel Schmidt.

After suffering a botched sexual reassignment surgery, Hedwig tours the world attempting to conquer the demons of her past. This hilarious and powerful production will speak to those who understand what it’s like to desperately be searching for your other half.


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PAST SHOWS OF THE 2018-19 SEASON
Dates

October 4- 13


Showtimes

Written by Ken Ludwig
Based on the book ‘The Hound of the Baskervilles’ by Arthur Conan Doyle

Comedic genius Ken Ludwig transforms Arthur Conan Doyle’s classic The Hound of the Baskervilles into a murderously funny adventure.

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Sherlock Holmes is on the case. The male heirs of the Baskerville line are being dispatched one by one. To find their ingenious killer, Holmes and Watson must brave the desolate moors before a family curse dooms its newest heir.

Watch as our intrepid investigators try to escape a dizzying web of clues, silly accents, disguises, and deceit. Does a wild hellhound prowl the moors of Devonshire? Can our heroes discover the truth in time? Join the fun and see how far from elementary the truth can be.

  • Directed by Justin Peck
  • Tickets: $20 (standard price – general admission seating)
  • Presenting Sponsor Audio Visual Resources (AVR)

 

 


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