A few months after hearing that the Box had been in cost cutting mode, another Little Birdy who performs at the Lower East Side's most famous burlesque house tells DBTH about some pains from inside Simon Hammerstein's house of love. Like what, you ask? Layoffs, paycuts, sub-par talent and a craptastic crowd for starters. Let's go write the Birdy's mouth.
I'm a performer at The Box and can tell you that they have
a) fired the band
b) cut down on performers drastically, including nearly firing the dancers
c) cut performers pay drastically
d) accept sloppier and sloppier acts
e) the crowd gets worse and worse each month. it's now just a bunch of kids who think they are cool cuz they're at The Box. I haven't seen a celeb there for ages.
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f) all new door guys/cheaper door company. So if you think you can get in because the door guys have seen you there every weekend for the past year, think again.
g) last week there were only three performances, with no main show
h) there is a Tues gay night and a Wed beach party.
i) They only have one guy working the stage, and one new guy that doesn't know what he's doing. They had everything with no curtain last week, because there was no one to work it! All the stage hands were fired, so production has gone seriously downhill. The quality of the show is no where near what it used to be.
Ouch, ouch and more ouch. While discussion of the Box's downfall have long been pondered but never reality, massive staff turnover and a B/C crowd are not the best signs of economic health. Odds of this place making it to Summer, 2010 are 50/50 at best.