Breaking with tradition, a bevy of theater reviewers have decided to lift the curtain on their reviews of the much-delayed ‘Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark.’ So far, the reviews aren’t good.
In his New York Times review, critic Ben Brantley wrote “the sheer ineptitude of this show… loses it’s shock value early. After 15 or 20 minutes, the central question you keep asking yourself is… ‘How long before I’m out of here?’”
Los Angeles Times reviewer Charles McNulty wrote “Incoherence isn’t much to sit through.”
Washington Post reviewer Peter Marks wrote “‘Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark’ belongs in the dankest subbasement of the American musical theater.” He later concluded his review with “Musical lovers… might wish the whole unsalvageable thing would just take a flying leap.”
It’s very unusual for reviewers to actually post their thoughts on a major Broadway show before it officially opens. ‘Spider-Man’ is still in previews, meaning the various parts of the show can be changed, altered, axed or entirely rewritten. Once it officially opens – now set for March 15 – the show is considered “set” and basically unalterable.
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