‘Spider-Man’ Claims Another Victim

Just a day after Julie Taymor announced that she’s suing the production for a million bucks, the Phantom of the Foxwoods Theater caught another poor actor in his tangled web. Matthew James Thomas, who performs the role of Peter Parker in Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark at Wednesday and Saturday matinees, mysteriously injured himself yesterday.

Playbill offers the news but has no details about what happened to Thomas, only that he was injured backstage while transitioning between scenes at the end of the first act. He "was taken to the hospital, where he received stitches, and the production was stopped for approximately 10 minutes." There haven’t been any injuries in a while, so the ten minute break was surely a fun moment in the middle of what critics have called "a bore."

Luckily for the Wednesday matinee crowd, Spider-Man star Reeve Carney just happened to be in the building and took over for Thomas while was at the hospital. Crazy coincidence, huh? What’s stranger: the fact that the show has a separate actor playing the title role during the matinee performances (something that is usually reserved for roles that require crazy talents that would otherwise strain the vocals of the star, such as the upcoming revival of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s Evita), or that Carney was around, possibly UP TO NO GOOD? Could he have knocked his rival Spidey out of commission so that we could have something to do on Wednesday afternoon?

Well, it’s not likely, but a conspiracy theory certainly spices up this long-winded, boring mess of a show. Matthew James Thomas will be back in the show by Saturday. 

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