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Fifth 'Spider-Man' Actor Injured During Performance

By DNAinfo Staff on March 23, 2011 8:52am

By Olivia Scheck

DNAinfo Reporter/Producer

MANHATTAN — A fifth actor was injured during a preview performance of the controversy-plagued musical "Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark," according to published reports.

T. V. Carpio stepped in to play the role of Arachne after her predecessor Natalie Mendoza left the show earlier this year. Mendoza was hit in the head by a rope backstage and suffered a concussion.

Now Carpio has herself taken an exit from the show, albeit temporary, to recover from an unknown injury incurred during the March 16 preview performance, according to the New York Times.

Carpio, who has reportedly been sidelined since the incident, will take an additional two weeks to recover, the paper said. Producers refused to disclose the nature or extent of her injuries.

Actress Natalie Mendoza left the cast of
Actress Natalie Mendoza left the cast of "Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark" after suffering a concussion backstage during a performance.
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Ironically, Carpio defended the show's safety protocols, in the face of actor injuries and Department of Labor violations, during a February interview with the New York Daily News.

"I have four strings attached to me at any given time. Each one of those cables I think can carry 9,000 pounds," she told the paper. "So when people ask me am I scared, no."

"Spider-Man," which is already the most expensive play ever produced, recently began a major creative overhaul, which involved hiring a new director Philip William McKinley to replace the show's Tony Award-winning co-creator Julie Taymor.

The show will suspend preview performances from April 19 to May 11 so that the actors can adapt to the upcoming changes, according to the Times.