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Tuesday, February 8, 2011

The Best Theater Review You'll Ever Read

Posted by Erik Henriksen on Tue, Feb 8, 2011 at 11:35 AM

[Cue Sad Hulk song.]
At long last, the New York Times has finally reviewed Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, a "national joke" of a show that critic Ben Brantley writes is "so grievously broken in every respect that it is beyond repair."

Brantley—who, I'm guessing, would be having fun being so mean if he didn't seem so incredibly weary and saddened by the whole thing—notes that Turn Off the Dark is a show with "choreography [that's] pure vintage MTV," a show whose U2-penned songs are a "sustained electronic twang of varying volume, increasing and decreasing in intensity, like a persistent headache," and a show that features a "geek chorus" who "discuss the heady philosophical implications of Spider-Man’s identity while making jokes in which the notion of free will is confused with the plot of the movie Free Willy.”

Sweet jesus, I want to see this thing so bad. Read Brantley's whole review here.

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