Monday night's accident during a preview of "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark" prompted calls for the show to be shut down for good--or at least for the tech effects to be scaled back.
It appears few of those raising those calls have actually seen the show, though. I have, and I have some thoughts about it.
First, Monday's injury and the three previous injuries suffered by the company during rehearsals and previews aren't a good reason to shutter the show.
And as for shrinking the show's technical effects, you might as well force "A Chorus Line" to be performed without dancing. It'd be a death sentence for the show.
As Variety's Gordon Cox reports, on Wednesday the N.Y. State Dept. of Labor stepped in to force new safety measures and cancelled that night's preview.
Actors' Equity's conclusion that the accident was the result of human error holds both good news and bad for the show. The good news: The really high-tech stuff on the show, especially the flying system from Fisher …