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Workhouse Adds New Seats in Comedy Theatre

By Potomac Local News October 11, 2012 9:57 am

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LORTON, Va. – Comedians made them the butt of their jokes, and now they’ve been replaced.

New padded seats with armrests have been installed inside the W-3 Theatre at the Workhouse Arts Center at Lorton. They have replaced uncomfortable plastic bench seating.

Once home to a children’s theatre troupe at the Workhouse, the W-3 as of late is showcasing more adult comedic humor and has attracted some of the region’s top stand-up comics – including some of TV fame – to the arts center near Occoquan.

During a comedy performance in July, one comedian promised to have new seats installed after hearing comments and, in some cases, groans from the audience about the benches.

Workhouse Arts spokeswoman Camela Speer said the new seats were planned for and did not come in response to any jokes about the old ones.

“The original bench seating that was installed was the incorrect product, but replacements took time to schedule installation,” said Speer.

The arts center hopes the new seats will open up even more live entertainment possibilities. The comedy shows at the Workhouse all sold out during the summer months.

The next Lorton Workhouse Comedy Showcase will feature comedian and WJFK Radio talk show host Danny Rouhier on Friday Oct. 26 at 8 p.m. Tickets for the show can be purchased online.