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.


Current Season


He was 98 lbs. of solid nerd until he became....
Dates

August 2-18, 2018


Showtimes

All performances are Thursday-Saturday @ 7:30pm


The Toxic Avenger takes The Underground by storm! Armed with phenomenal strength, a mutant superhero is out to save New Jersey, end global warming, and woo the prettiest, blindest librarian in town.

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Based on the 1984 cult classic film, this side-splitting monster of a musical comedy boasts music by David Bryan (keyboardist and founding member of Bon Jovi). You’re sure to fall in love with this “big green freak!”

NOTE: This show contains strong adult language and adult themes.

 


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Back for Season 5!
Dates
  • August 21 — The Ballad of Mitchell P. Crumpleton
  • October 16 — I Know What You Did Last Weekend: When Unsupervised Teens Deal with Serial Killing and Sexual Frustration
  • November 20 — Emergency Broadcast – The Musical: Kind of Like “War of the Worlds” but Musicallier; In Stereo

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In case you haven’t heard the news, Take It With You is moving to the NorShor Theatre, starting with its next episode on July 17.

Visit www.norshortheatre.com to get your tickets.


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"For me, there was no choice."
Dates

August 30 -September 1


Showtimes

All performances at 7:30pm


It’s a story almost too incredible to be believed, but it’s true.

This Tony Award-winning play is the true story of Charlotte von Mahlsdorf. During the height of World War II in Germany, this 65-year-old transgender German managed to live openly as a woman under the noses of both the Nazi and Communist regimes.

Based on conversations with Charlotte, playwright Doug Wright wrote this Pulitzer Prize-winning piece, which also scored two Tonys on Broadway.

  • Tickets: $20

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NEW SEASON! Put on your deerstalker cap, the play's afoot!
Dates

October 4-13


Showtimes

Thursday-Saturday @ 7:3pm


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.

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

 

 


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THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW
Dates

October 31-November 2


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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.


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THE SANTALAND DIARIES
Dates

December 6-8


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The outrageous holiday comedy starring Crumpet is back again this ho-ho-holly joyous season! Based the essays of David Sedaris, this recounts the true-life tale of an out-of-work writer’s stint as a Macy’s department store elf.


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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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WHAT SHE SAID: ONE-ACT FESTIVAL
Dates

March 21-23


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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


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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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