Black Box Coffeehouse will combine big-band sound and comedic routine

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A big-band sound and a standup comedian will provide a different atmosphere for the Aiken Community Playhouse's Black Box Coffeehouse this month.

"I expect a lot of response from people who like big-band music, and we've never had a standup comedian before," said Maureen Woltermann, the coffeehouse coordinator.

The Feb. 15 event will feature Rich Herzog, who might be familiar to audiences with his most recent role in the playhouse's production of Moonlight and Magnolias.

"He does (Frank) Sinatra, Bobby Darin, Broadway tunes," Ms. Woltermann said.

Also appearing will be Tony Baughman, who was featured in the holiday production of Dear Santa.

In its fourth season, the coffeehouse has become popular among audiences who enjoy the variety of the shows, Ms. Woltermann said.

The youth wing will present some improvisational skits, and there will be an open mike for performers.

The mike had been placed at the beginning of the show in the past; however, open-mike participants will be spread throughout the evening this time, she said.

The Bechtel Experimental Theatre, or black box, as it is commonly known, can seat only about 90 people. Previous coffeehouses have been sold out. Organizers are considering adding a fourth coffeehouse next season.

The final coffeehouse of the season will be May 16.

The Bechtel theater will also be the site of a summer black box series.

Medea will be presented in July, and The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) is scheduled for August.

The coffeehouse begins at 7 p.m. The cost is $8, and reservations are required.

For more information, call (803) 648-1438.

Reach Charmain Brackett at czbrackett@hotmail.com.


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