FRIGID New York @ Horse Trade and Elephant Run District present the world premiere of a play about Martin Denton, the creator of nytheatre.com. More…
An accountant in D.C. falls in love with theater in New York. After suddenly losing his father, he impulsively creates nytheatre.com. He gives up his comfortable life, spending thousands of nights in the audience and even more days at his computer bringing attention to notable, but often under-recognized artists. Working with his mother over two decades, he writes and edits thousands of reviews, publishes hundreds of plays, and posts scores of blog pieces, interviews, and podcasts. In doing so, he revolutionizes how the arts are covered and helps to usher in the indie theater movement. If you created or saw NYC indie theater during the last 20 years, chances are you've been impacted by his work. Now watch his untold story move from his desk chair and aisle seat to the stage.
"A heartwarming journey through time as told by two people, partners in both comedy and drama that are as inseparable as their memories from their minds...Sure to captivate audiences with good, kooky laughs, bittersweet nostalgia, and a gained appreciation of just how important theater is to the structure of this world...Watching this show compels the audience to harbor an appreciation of these two characters and the actors who so aptly portray them in a rather unique way." Full Review
“This wonderful show does a lot with an inflatable couch and a few boxes and posters. Elephant Run is all about preserving the history of avant-garde theater. In this show, they go where even they haven’t gone before. Judging by the joyous atmosphere in the theater, this show struck quite the chord. Director Aimee Todoroff has transformed her subjects quite believably into a bunch of theatergoers who for 17 years knew exactly which venue they were going to be in every night.” Full Review
"An enchanting tale of how one man's deep love for the art form changed the landscape of its era...The play feels almost improvised because of its fresh, energetic nature, which is not to say Harcum hasn't written some thoughtful, beautiful scenes...There is also a meta element that makes the play feel like a breathing organism. Those unfamiliar with Denton, his work or even the indie theatre scene should also find enough pleasure in the play. If nothing else, it's a love song to theatre." Full Review
"It’s a nice story that offers audiences a sentimental journey through Off-Off-Broadway byways, but it is not an especially dramatic one...Fortunately, Harcum has devised an informal, presentational-style narrative that he affably shares with Marisol Rosa-Shapiro...Aimee Todoroff, the director, fosters a casual atmosphere for this production, which is reminiscent of many shows in the New York International Fringe Festivals that the Dentons covered so faithfully during their downtown heyday." Full Review
"Though Harcum's performance as Denton is, in a word, endearing, the play he wrote keeps veering from being earnest and serious to being silly, with schizophrenic results. With only a modicum of success, Marisol Rosa-Shapiro tries too hard to differentiate the many characters she portrays. Director Aimee Todoroff might have abetted Rosa-Shapiro more by getting her to tone down her affectations. Nor do Barbara Davidson's costume designs provide much to describe or respond to." Full Review
"Some anecdotes draw a smile...Other times, Denton’s ecumenical attitude feels disingenuous...There is a distinction between cheerleading and reviewing, but Denton does not appear to care about it, and Harcum is not interested in challenging his subject. Indeed, Harcum never wavers from the perspective of Denton, and never places him within either the singular context of the Off Off Broadway ecosystem, or the New York theater scene in general." Full Review
See it if You are someone who is in love with theater, like stories about real people, well-told, funny and touching.
Don't see it if You aren't interested in why people become passionate and obsessed with something.
See it if You enjoy theatre and its recent history tremendously! An insiders view to NYC for the past 30 years via the world of theatre BRILL!
Don't see it if You're a tourist that should be at Wicked but cannot get a ticket. lol
See it if You have interest on independent theatre. The audience was a very "in" crowd - in unsure how the average theatre goer would react
Don't see it if If you have no interest in the New York theatre world
See it if You think outside the box...have been seeing theatre in NY for many years, especially shows off the radar...want a trip down memory lane.
Don't see it if You're only interested in Broadway or think that off and off off... INDIE THEATRE...is somehow inferior.
See it if You want a poem to indie theatre. You've ever seen or participated in Off-Off Broadway. You like creative shows w/ a low budget.
Don't see it if You have no interest in Off-Off Broadway. You want bigger production values.
See it if you like documentary/biography if you will. I didn't think I would like it as much as I did. I like how they played all characters-it works.
Don't see it if if you are not into hearing about the history of theater or how Indie theater.com was invented. You'll be bored if you hate documentaries
See it if You were part of or are familiar with the NY indie theater scene of the past 20 years, or just want to hear an interesting tale.
Don't see it if You don't like shows where just 2 people play all the parts with minimal costume or set changes.
See it if you want to explore the history of indie theatre in NYC through the eyes of an intelligent fan.
Don't see it if you don't like actors playing multiple roles or interacting with the audience. You don't like having candy tossed to you during a performanc
See it if interested in indie theatre movement, the quirky relationship of a groundbreaking futurist & his mother, & dedication to an idea
Don't see it if you care not 4 Indie Theater, don't care about a man's relationship with his mother, nor riveting account of surviving 9/11 near groundZero
See it if You like good acting. I liked the girl who played Martin Dentons wife. She played many different parts. She was very funny as well.
Don't see it if You dont like documentaries.
See it if You are an indie theater nerd and will relate to the ultimate indie theater nerd
Don't see it if The recitation of lists of off off Broadway plays that you haven't seen will put you to sleep
See it if you want to understand more about Martin Denton's climb to indie theatre critic, blogger, editor and promoter of small independent plays.
Don't see it if You are not into independent and smaller plays and not interested in learning about Martin Denton.
See it if For theatre nerds of a certain age (& time) this docu-drama is quite enjoyable. Meta plot devise can confuse but Harcum as Denton delights
Don't see it if An audience participation devise mid-show is a fiasco & drama's momentum never quite recovers Plods along until footing returns near the end
See it if You know Martin Denton, indie theatre in the 90s and early 2000s, or have an interest in theatre appreciation and history
Don't see it if You don't like "breaking the 4th wall," quirky shows where the same actors play multiple people aren't your thing
See it if you are interested in one man and his mother's history in the indie theater movement. The acting is formidable, and it is well directed.
Don't see it if you are looking for a well balanced story. It's a true homage to two individuals, nothing more, nothing less.
See it if you have been reviewed by Denton or have seen all the indie theatre he references.
Don't see it if you are not completely entrenched in the the indie theater he references. Super indulgent.
See it if you are a member of the indie theater community - this is very "inside baseball" and not all references/jokes will be caught by everyone.
Don't see it if you aren't a member of the community it's about.
See it if you want to learn about an important voice in the development of the Off Off Bway scene, dramatized in a fairly interesting and amusing way.
Don't see it if you're not a downtown theatre insider or familiar with the "indie" theatre scene. This feels more Wikipedia-ized than a narrative drama.
See it if you're curious about the history of off-off-Broadway reviews, or were part of the indie/off-off Bway theater scene in the past few decades.
Don't see it if you want a high budget or well-written show, or want to be engaged the whole time (the first 30min are painfully boring).
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