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The girl with the horn-rimmed glasses
29 July 2015 @ 10:56 pm
 
 
The girl with the horn-rimmed glasses
18 March 2011 @ 11:26 pm
I'm finally coming down from the high of seeing a preview of Spiderman: Turn Off the Dark on Broadway last night. After rushing $30 tickets with my friend Jess in the morning, we spent the whole day in Manhattan anticipating this show. Jess was seeing it for the first time, but this would be my second time after a few months. I knew what awaited us, but I still expected to be surprised that night, hoping something new would enrapture me this time around- something the director changed since last time, or perhaps something I somehow missed the first time. Because that's the thing about this show- there's a lot to feast your eyes upon, a lot attempting to capture your attention all at once. Perhaps too much, in fact, is going on in this show. But that doesn't take away from the splendor of it all if you don't let it.

You see, someone going to see this show for the first time will only truly be able to sit back and enjoy it if they erase any prior assumptions or expectations, forget anything they might have read in reviews, and otherwise try not to be a critic. They might also enjoy it if someone explained the synopsis to them beforehand, however. The almost-labyrinthine plot might confuse most people, but not if they understand a little bit of what's going on ahead of time. It's the same thing people do before seeing a ballet or a foreign-language opera: read the synopsis first to avoid confusion and therefore fully appreciate the performance.

That's what my review is about: appreciation. I've only seen terribly negative reviews about this preview, with the justification that it is the longest preview in Broadway history and at this point has lost the chance to redeem itself. It's possible that it has lost that chance, and I'm not denying that. I'm also not ignoring the many obvious flaws that this preview has. But instead of stating the obvious and focusing on the negative, I will try to focus more on the positive points.

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