Martin Denton, Martin Denton
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Martin Denton, Martin Denton
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Martin Denton, Martin Denton NYC Reviews and Tickets

75%
(35 Reviews)
Positive
71%
Mixed
29%
Negative
0%
Members say
Entertaining, Quirky, Clever, Funny, Delightful

About the Show

FRIGID New York @ Horse Trade and Elephant Run District present the world premiere of a play about Martin Denton, the creator of nytheatre.com.

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Member Reviews (35)

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Clever, Absorbing, Entertaining, Intelligent, Sentimental

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.

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Interesting, interesting, Entertaining, entertaining, Uneven, uneven

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. Read more

Critic Reviews (6)

The New York Times
July 16th, 2017

"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."
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BroadwayWorld
July 8th, 2017

"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."
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Talkin' Broadway
July 10th, 2017

"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."
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TheaterScene.net
July 12th, 2017

"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."
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Village Voice
July 14th, 2017

"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."
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Theater In The Now
July 19th, 2017

“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.”
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