Suffolk Theater, a Neglected Long Island Gem, Relights

By Robert Viagas
09 Mar 2013

The renovation replaced the gradually raked seating area with a series of terraces that can be configured with tables as a supper club/conference hall, smaller tables for a cabaret setting, or traditional rows of theatre seats. Castaldi said that, depending on the configuration the Suffolk can seat 350 to 650.

Because the theatre was built as a cinema the stage is only 18 feet deep and there was originally no wing space, fly space or dressing rooms. Castaldi said he has rented space in an adjoining building and broken through a wall to provide more stage-level support facilities.

In addition the building has kitchen facilities to accommodate business lunches and banqueting.

Spiotto said that, "given the flexible, table/chair configuration, the space resembles an upscale, supper club/night club type environment. There are also two bars, a luxury suite (a "sky box" in the old projection booth), larger and improved rest room facilities, coat check rooms, technical booth, art/exhibit space, as well as administrative offices and box office. The Suffolk Theater will as be available for rentals: performances, weddings, special events, expos, art shows, fashion shows, benefit performances, etc."

Among the upcoming offerings at the Suffolk:

March 10 Courting the Jester: A Musical tribute to Danny Kaye, a live stage show.

March 27 Trifles by Susan Glaspell, a staged reading with Drama Desk Award nominee Margaret Colin.

Spiotto said plans are being finalized for more productions later this spring, over the summer and into the fall, including The Count Basie Orchestra, Duelling Pianos, Julie Budd, Marilyn Michaels, Charles Grodin, Guy Lombardo's Royal Canadians, Bobby Caldwell, Christine Pedi and Johnny Rogers, The American Boychoir, Ben Vereen and Flying Home: A Tribute To Lionel Hampton featuring Tito Puente Jr..

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(Robert Viagas is executive editor of PlaybillEDU and co-author and editor of "At This Theatre.")