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Monster Mash: 'Spider-Man' actress talks backstage drama; New York Times architecture critic leaving

June 7, 2011 |  7:50 am

Spider Speaking frankly: T.V. Carpio, the actress who plays Arachne in "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark," talks about the troubled musical production. (Associated Press)

Resigning: Nicolai Ouroussoff, the architecture critic for the New York Times, will step down at the end of the month to work on a book. (The Architect's Newspaper)

Pass the plate: The June 23 performance of the Broadway musical "Sister Act" will serve as a fundraiser for President Obama's 2012 reelection campaign. (Playbill)

Government backing: The State Department will provide financial and logistical support to the Merce Cunningham Dance Company's first set of performances in Russia. (New York Times)

Theatrical legend: An exhibition devoted to playwright Noel Coward is scheduled to take place next year at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center. (Broadway World)

Limbo: The much-anticipated cultural center in Hong Kong is languishing amid numerous setbacks. (New York Times)

For sale: An Andy Warhol portrait of Blondie musician Debbie Harry is headed for auction this month. (BBC News)

Prodigy?: A 4-year-old girl from Australia is selling her artworks, which are worth upward of $30,000 apiece. (NBC New York)

Bankrupt: The theater company Florida Stage has shut down, citing a $1.5-million debt and a downturn in contributions as a result of the Bernard Madoff financial scandal. (Palm Beach Post)

Enthusiast: A nonagenarian military buff will host guided tours of his museum in Santa Fe Springs. (Los Angeles Times)

Also in the L.A. Times: Christian Marclay's "The Clock" wins the Gold Lion at the Venice Biennale.

-- David Ng

Photo: T.V. Carpio, foreground, and Reeve Carney in front of the Foxwoods Theatre in New York, home to "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark." Credit: Tina Fineberg / Associated Press

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