Spiderman: Turn Off the Dark
SPIDER-MAN: TURN OFF THE DARK; Well, this may be called Spider Man: Turn Off the Whole Silly Experience. Nevertheless, It has finally opened. The first act is just boring and ridiculous. To a certain extent, this huge expensive globe thing that comes on stage at the end of the first act and is barely used characterizes the whole production. We’ve got to be talking tens of thousands of dollars for something that’s excessive, showy and meaningless. The opening bit with villain Ms. Arachne is lovely. Makes no sense, but is lovely. And then there’s the huge globe, and not a whole lot in between. The first act is really a bore and you think, oh my goodness. The second act is significantly better and more fun. In fact, if I were going to be part of the new team, I would lose the whole first act and just make it 90 minutes because there is no chemistry, no plot, and no character development. On the other hand, the flying is really fun and the audience loves it. It’s kind of stupid fun. Will this survive once the tourists have gone home? Probably not, and while I loved Spidey landing in my lap, my overwhelming feeling was ‘yea gods, look how far he must have fallen and how lucky he is to have not been killed.’ So you really wanted to love this, unfortunately, there’s not much there to love. Two and a half stars.