'The Spidey Project' Opens (and Closes) Before 'Turn Off the Dark'

In the interest of full disclosure: I'm a lifelong Spider-Man fan, but the recent movie trilogy satisified -- and then also nullified -- my thirst for live-action webslinging adventures.

I'm taking a wait-and-see approach to the upcoming 3D film "reboot" of the Spider-Man film franchise, now starring Andrew Garfield as hero Peter Parker. And I had no intention of seeing Julie Taymor and Bono's "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark" on Broadway, expecting only to be incensed at the myriad ways the bloated blockbuster production would surely skew the Spider-Man story I knew and loved to make it all but unrecognizable to comic book geeks like myself.

Which is why I was initally both intrigued and dismissive when improv performer and playwright Justin Moran announced on February 11 that he would create and direct "The Spidey Project," a "guerrilla theater" musical based on the "Spider-Man" comic books -- to be completed in less than 30 days, with a budget of $0, and scheduled to open on March 14, one night before the $65 million Broadway musical's delayed March 15 opening (which has now been pushed to June 14, following the dismissal of "Turn Off the Dark" director Julie Taymor).