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Best Bets: ‘Bare: A Pop Opera’ at the Underground

"Bare: A Pop Opera" opens today at The Underground. Photo by Andrew Benusa

“Bare: A Pop Opera” is the story of a secret love affair between two high school boys at a coed Catholic boarding school — with a bit of Shakespeare at its base.

Peter is ready to go live with the relationship; Jason isn’t there yet.

The story is set around a production of “Romeo & Juliet” and off-stage the dramatics include hookups, breakups, drug use and confession.

And that’s just Act I.

This production is directed by Bailey Boots and music director Andy Kust, a faculty member at the University of Minnesota Duluth whose ties to the show date back to its early drafts.

“Bare” was born in Los Angeles — it was called “affecting” by LA Weekly — and ran Off-Broadway in the mid-2000s. A production was staged in Minneapolis in 2011. This is its regional premiere.

Go see it What: “Bare: A Pop Opera”

When: 7:30 p.m. today-Saturday and Aug. 21-23

Where: The Underground, 506 W. Michigan St.

Tickets: $16 adults, $12 students at

Note: Show contains mature themes

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