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Simon Hamerstein Unleashes Purgatorio

News is breaking this afternoon that Simon Hammerstein and the Box crew will be taking their show to Times Square for a special 2 week run in late October. Named Purgatorio, the club will operate from October 15-October 31 in the former China Club space (268 W. 47th Street), and according to its website, promises to "offer an interactive Halloween experience unlike anything seen before in New York nightlife. Adults 21 and over will be immersed in a multi-level world of macabre fantasy complete with interactive variety acts and installations, all set in a dynamic environment that is at once frightening, erotic and whimsical." Freaky deaky! Tickets range from $39.99 to $59.99 while VIP tickets range from $59.99 to $79.99 and include two complimentary beverages and preferred access. That is a bargain for us!

Does Purgatorio sound like fun to you? Wait until we tell you the rules of the house . . .

You wouldn't just think that all of this fun would come with no strings attached. Even Purgatorio has rules!

NO REFUNDS OR EXCHANGES and YOU MUST BE 21 TO ENTER. A valid identification is required for proof of age.

Entrance into Purgatorio may be dark and damp with low visibility, strobe light effects and actors that may jump out at you. For the safety and comfort of all our guests, you should be in good health, not be prone to motion sickness and be free from heart, breathing, back, knee and neck problems as well as other conditions that could be aggravated by the experience. You should not enter Purgatorio if you are pregnant, claustrophobic or using crutches. Persons with epilepsy and those who experience anxiety or any physical limitations in enclosed and tight spaces should not attend. You may be touched by the actors during the experience and/or performance.

Purgatorio reserves the right to refuse service to anyone. Holders of tickets voluntarily assume all risks and dangers associated with entering the premises and participating in Purgatorio. In consideration and acceptance of entrance into Purgatorio, ticket holder agrees to release the producers, the venue, their parent corporations, affiliates and sponsors, their respective officers, directors, employees, agents and representatives and all of their successors and assigns from any liability, harm, injury, death, cost or expense whatsoever that may arise directly or indirectly, from attending Purgatorio or any attraction to be held at the event location.

If you violate any rules you will be asked to leave the premises without any refund of your ticket.

Is this a nightclub or some kind of roller coaster? Either way, it sounds pretty crappy. We already don't like the Box, so why are we going to go to Times Square for this hot mess? Answer: we're not.



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Reader Comments (12)

Can you say "rip off"? And you can probably count on getting groped in the dark by some dildo-wearing midget... hence the disclaimer about "touching" ... No thanks!

September 14, 2009 at 07:45PM | Unregistered CommenterHmm

why not- much cheaper than all the cipriani bullshits. i love being touched by, and touching, actors/actress. good to see some old school time square fun.

September 15, 2009 at 01:46AM | Unregistered Commenternicky

Let's hope this turns out more like the Box 2007 than the Box 2009

September 15, 2009 at 09:57AM | Unregistered Commenterdrunky

I heard about this from on of my friends so had to look into it. Ive been to the Box before and had an amazing time! I cannot wait to see what they do now for Halloween...and if i see a little person wearing a dildo I'll be sure to drink more booze. Win win situation. I cannot wait!!!!

September 28, 2009 at 04:20PM | Unregistered Commentertakenoverthetown

I think this is going to be so fun!!!! Its probably gonna be the best Halloween thing to do in the crazy ass city...its always wayyy too crowded everywhere and especially in the street so this will be a sick solution!

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