For good reason, a sold out crowd, packed the lobby of the Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts. With three acts that left audience members laughing from the first punchline to the last.
Laughter in the Lobby created by Chris Searles, a member of the Board of Directors for the Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts, was created as a way to bring in more comedy for the Theatre. The show was modeled after the popular series Live in the Lobby, featuring local musical talent.
The shows were created as a way to bring in business for the Theatre on nights where there were no main stage performances.
Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts, is a nonprofit organization that depends on volunteers to help run and manage the shows.
“Our goal is to provide a wide variety of entertainment for the community,” said Searles. “The Theatre doesn’t make money off of these shows, we do it to support our community and the Village.”
The show, which originally started off with a small audience, has grown over the past few months.
“It started off slow, but those who attended couldn’t understand why more people didn’t show,” said Searles.
Tonight’s show had 96 reservations and over 100 people in attendance, according to Bernie Fabig, PR and Marketing Director for the Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts, the highest since the series began.
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The show was sold out by the time the first act took the stage. People crowded around the bar and stood during the two hour performance.
“Tonight’s turnout for the Laughter in the Lobby was amazing,” said Fabig. “Thanks to our feature in Newsday as number four on the Top Ten Things to do This Week on Long Island, our lobby was filled to the point of capacity.”
Susan Bonfiglio, West Sayville, N.Y., had seen Sherry Davey at another Long Island theatre and couldn’t wait to see her again.
“She was so great the last time I went to see her, that I couldn’t resist coming to see her tonight,” said Bonfiglio.
Although some audience members had to stand it didn’t deter Anthony Doti, Holbrook, N.Y., from enjoying the show. He said he would definitely come back for the next performance, he just, “can’t wait for them to move to the big stage.”