“Oh… wow… interesting…”
Those were the words that came out of my mouth at the end of Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark. It wasn’t bad… not exactly. It was just weird; in a why-are-Arachne-and-the-Furies-wearing-those-bright-ass-shoes? sort of way. And wait a second… did Athena just become some kind of Spider-Man’s mythical grandmother? And, why does the Green Goblin sound like a Southern Belle in drag? No offense to all my lovely drags out there, for you know I love you my queens!
If all this sounds confusing, but intriguingly insane to you, then you are experiencing what I felt last night.
Don’t get me wrong; there were some awesome acrobatic movements, and mm, mm, mm, I had no idea the Furies could shake it so wickedly good. And I don’t even know where to start when it comes to Arachne. I mean, the 8-legged singing beauty was “the only artist” in the show. I didn’t say it, she did. And to be honest, I couldn't argue with her.
I was too surprised to find out that Spider-Man was not the coolest character in his own musical. If you ask me, and I know you aren’t asking, Arachne and the Furies stole the show... and a bunch of shoes. (I'm still trying to figure out the shoes bit).
I'm grateful for the fact that my Piano Man got the tickets for free; not because it was a terrible musical, but because my lover is a ginormous Spider-Man fan, and although he didn’t say it, I am almost sure that the show would be a mild disappointing to those who love the superhero.
But if you like Greek mythology, kick-ass females, Furies in stockings, and the world weirdest representation of Athena, then you’ll love Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark.