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Spidey Flails in Taymor’s Tale of Spider Woman: Jeremy Gerard

At 9:15 on Saturday night, Spider-Man and Green Goblin finally got down, or rather up, to business. They circled each other menacingly in wide, dizzying swoops high above an audibly appreciative audience at Broadway’s Foxwoods Theatre.

It wasn’t Gotterdammerung, but it was a thrill not unlike riding the Cyclone roller coaster at Coney Island: An hour of anticipation for about 90 seconds of exhilaration. At least we didn’t have to stand in line. The many longueurs were significantly offset by two key elements -- the visual design that includes George Tsypin’s inventive, perspective-skewing sets and Donald Holder’s fantastically variegated lighting, and the ferociously athletic choreography of Daniel Ezralow.