Nov. 28, 2010: Curtains Up, Quality Down
Finally, after months of delays,
Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark
got off to an inauspicious start when its first preview performance just after Thanksgiving ran three-and-a-half-hours long, stopped frequently for technical glitches that left actors dangling over the audience, and brought incomplete set pieces on stage. At one point,
was supposed to rescue Mary Jane from atop the Chrysler Building, but part of the building was missing, and Mary Jane was nowhere to be seen. Then, when Spider-Man swooped onto the stage with Mary Jane in his arms, the dramatic exit was undercut by a wire malfunction that left him swinging above the audience, with three stagehands trying to grab his feet and pull him down.