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As the backstage of a Patchogue
theater by day, Long Island’s most
mysterious performance venue, The
Loading Dock, transforms into an
exclusive speakeasy each night.
The space, run by the Patchogue
Theatre for the Performing Arts, debuted
in March to “secretly” host comedy
shows, music acts, and of course,
booze, with exclusive access to only
150 guests. Now, after one month of
solely musical performances, The
Loading Dock is sbringing back their
comedy nights starting July 5.
“I think people like something that
is hidden or secret, it adds intrigue,”
says Bernie Fabig, spokesman for
the theatre. “They enter through the
backdoor of the Patchogue theater …
and we bring out the bar.”
Kicking off the relaunch is a comedy
night featuring Jared Sandler,
Adam Sandler’s nephew and star
of Netflix’s The Week Of and Sandy
Wexler, as well as Sunday Night Live
host Jamie Roberts and Mark Demayo
of Gotham Comedy Live.
Headlining August 10 is two-time
Emmy Award winner and comedian
Judy Gold, delivering a hilarious
routine from her experiences as a
producer, actor, and mom.
The venue will also host a staged
play reading of Dog Whistle later
in the month, whose ticket sales will
benefit Moms Demand Action for
Gun Sense in America.
Originally advertised with “Come
get weird with us,” the backstage
turned front-of-house has an industrial
cabaret feel. Metal decor
with exposed elements such as stage
lights set the mood for the small event
space, with chairs and tables at a cozy
distance from the theater action.
In its initial launch, only guests
who expressed interest on the Loading
Dock Facebook page were granted
a ticket to opening night. The venue’s
location and subsequent advertising
were to be spread strictly by word
of mouth. But for its reopening,
theatergoers can buy tickets on The
Loading Dock’s website to take part
in the exclusive experience.
As of now, the venue does not serve
food, but has a large bar with craft
beer and local wines. The opening
comedy night is scheduled for 8 p.m.
July 5. Tickets are $20 and can be
reserved through loadingdockpatchogue.
Patchogue Theatre for the Performing
Arts, 71 East Main St.,
Patchogue, 631-207-1313, loadingdockpatchogue.
com or facebook.com/
PRESS BUZZ: COMMUNITY THEATER
The Loading Dock returns July
5 following a soft opening this
“People like something that is hidden ...
it adds intrigue”
- Bernie Fabig, Patchogue Theatre for the
Performing Arts spokesman.