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Third actor injured in <i>Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark</i>

A third actor has been injured in the delay-plagued, and apparently danger-fraught, Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark.

The New York Post reports that Natalie Mendoza, who plays the villain Arachne, received a concussion Sunday night when she was hit in the head by a rope during the show's problem-filled first preview. Her understudy America Olivo will take over the role through at least Tuesday, according to BroadwayWorld.

This is the third injury for the troubled $65-million musical, which is set to open on Jan. 11: One of several performers who doubles as Spider-Man broke both wrists in October when an aerial stunt went wrong, while another actor broke his foot in a separate incident.The Department of Labor and Actors’ Equity have opened investigations into the maneuver.

Spider-Man isn't just the most expensive production in Broadway history, but also one of the most technically complex -- as was demonstrated during the Sunday preview, when some performers, including Mendoza, were left dangling in the air and crew members rushed to fix faulty equipment.

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