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Critic's Notebook: 'Spider-Man' caught in a web of its own making

March 11, 2011 |  9:00 am

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The soap opera of "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark" continues. Stepping into fix Julie Taymor's addled production is director Philip William McKinley. Haven't heard of him? Well, then you must have missed his one Broadway production:"The Boy from Oz."

McKinley will be joined by playwright Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, who has been brought on board to sort out Taymor and Glen Berger's convoluted book. But can any mortal lacking superpowers untangle this web?

In a critic's notebook, I look at what led to this mess and speculate on how it will be resolved. Suffice it to say, McKinley and Aguirre-Sacasa are facing a more formidable challenge than Spider-Man's archenemy, the Green Goblin.  


'Spider-Man' musical director Julie Taymor steps down

-- Charles McNulty\charlesmcnulty 

Photo: The Edge (music and lyrics), left, Bono (music and lyrics), Julie Taymor (director, co-book writer) and Glen Berger (co-book writer) are the forces behind "Spider-Man." Credit: Joan Marcus