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 brought back their comedy nights this month.
“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 was 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. Now, theatergoers can buy tickets on The Loading Dock’s website to take part in the exclusive experience.