Spiderman?

By Sabrina KhanSenior Plogger Even if you’re not into comics, theatre or the arts in general, chances are that by now you’ve heard a little bit about the highly publicized Spiderman: Turn Off The Dark. Cursed as it is, you must be living under a rock if you haven’t. Multiple accidents on set, glitches with the production, and scathing reviews from well known theatre critics have delayed the show several times. Originally slated to open on February 18, 2010, its official opening is now over a year later on March 15, 2011. The ides of March…Well, we’ll see what happens. Spiderman: Turn Off The Dark does have its merits. Whenever people talk about it in the future, it can be remembered as “the longest running musical in previews on Broadway.” It’s also quite inspiring. Moved by the woes at Broadway’s Foxwoods Theatre, two new shows have come to rescue the spidey senses of fans anxious to see the superhero in Broadway action. The Spidey Project: With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility, soon to play at the Peoples Improv Theatre in Manhattan, is improv performer and published playwright Justin Moran’s parody of the same plot: Peter Parker, boy nerd turned superhero, Spider Man. To add insult to injury, it’s set to open a day earlier than Turn Off the Dark on March 14. Viewers are going to see a similar story with an obvious comic slant. And no one gets hurt. Best of all - it’s free! But then, there’s Spidermann, which originally ran in Seattle and decided to come to New York at The Tank on W. 45th Street for just three performances. Starting on March 13th for a jump start on the competition, it’s artist John Osebold’s colorful interpretation of Spider Man; Peter Parkre’s ascent to superherodom. Ticket prices aren’t available yet, but hold tight, it won't cost much (shows at The Tank charge $15 at the most) and you'll still get your kick out of the Marvel myth.