Wouldn't be the holidays without news of more delays
at Broadway's biggest big-budget debacle, Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark
. Today, ArtsBeat reports
that one of the show's dark figures is turning off: Natalie Mendoza, who plays the new villainess Arachne, suffered a concussion during the first preview
performance back in November when a rope holding a piece of equipment hit her in the head offstage. Since then her people and the show's producers have been working on an exit agreement, and two tipsters who spoke anonymously to the Times
suggest that an official announcement could be released later today. Mendoza hasn't performed since December 20, when castmate and friend Christopher Tierney
fell 20 feet after a harness malfunction. So, Spider-Man continues
to be the best bet for daredevil understudies.