Ends Jul 23

Martin Denton, Martin Denton

Members say: Entertaining, Quirky, Clever, Funny, Great acting
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Critics
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6 reviews
Members
75
31 reviews
 

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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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.

 


Reviews (37)

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70
Avg Score

45
The New York Times

"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

85
BroadwayWorld

"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

80
Talkin' Broadway

"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

70
Village Voice

"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

85
Theater In The Now

“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

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TheaterScene.net

"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

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Avg Score

87
Funny, Clever, Intelligent, Quirky, Entertaining

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

85
Absorbing, Clever, Intelligent, Entertaining, 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.

85
Delightful, Intelligent, Must see, Quirky, Entertaining

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.

68
Clever, Delightful, Quirky, Indulgent, Excruciating

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.

53
Intelligent, Quirky, Indulgent, Cliched, Slow

See it if You are VERY interested in the Indie theater scene in New York

Don't see it if you are not totally clued in to indie theater. the play is one long inside story.

66
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.

Also I am loathe to be critical of the show, as the real Martin Denton felt... Read more Read less

79
Excellent performances, Charming docu-drama, 9/11 sequence absorbing, Quirkily as luck would have it story, Fascinating history of who he {md, md] is

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

73
Clever, Edgy, Quirky, Disappointing, Slow

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

90
Clever, Exquisite, Intelligent, Masterful, Entertaining

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

58
Disappointing, Clever staging, Female lead was excellent

See it if you're all about NY stories and the theater. Or, to see the excellent actress who played many parts.

Don't see it if if you don't want self aggrandizement and preachy sermon about how to review a play

Also the actual theater entrance is a bar. The ac was at full blast with bl... Read more Read less

50
Boring, Quirky, Banal, Self-aggrandizing, Competent acting

See it if you want to see a story about someone who loves the theater.

Don't see it if you dislike a bio that is an advertisement for oneself and is filled with less than interesting tidbits about a life with humor that misses.

74
Great acting, Quirky, Entertaining

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.

79
Clever, Intelligent, Quirky, Entertaining

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

81
Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Entertaining, Great staging

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.

90
Beautiful, Delightful, Great acting, Resonant, Great staging

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.

90
Funny, Absorbing, Ambitious, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if you have any interest in independent theatre in New York

Don't see it if are looking for a Neil Simon play

66
Disappointing, Informative tho mostly facts (very few insights), Boring but sincere homage

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).

Also I'd never heard of Martin Denton before this show & I'm grateful to Ch... Read more Read less

78
Funny, Absorbing, Delightful, Great acting, Entertaining

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.

72
Funny, Delightful, Entertaining

See it if you know or have experience in the downtown off-off NYC theatre scene.

Don't see it if you have no interest in relatively recent local theatre history.

Also I was charmed by this. I am not in the theatre business but have a lov... Read more Read less

70
Funny, Exquisite, Thought-provoking, Quirky, Indulgent

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.

Also You might get some NY theatre history out of it, but at the end of the... Read more Read less

85
Funny, Clever, Great acting, Quirky, Entertaining

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

52
Great acting, Indulgent, Banal, Disappointing

See it if you're involved in the theatre, knew Martin Denton, are a fan of the author or the cast. The acting was very good.

Don't see it if if the life of Martin Denton has no meaning for you.

Also Marisol Rosa Shapiro is adorable and makes each character she plays co... Read more Read less

69
Ambitious, Clever, Edgy, Indulgent, Entertaining

See it if you love Martin Denton.

Don't see it if you don't have interest in Martin Denton.

75
Great writing, Entertaining

See it if You like to appreciate theater more and the people who work to support it.

Don't see it if You don't like watching autobiographies in theater.

90
Delightful, Entertaining

See it if You love theater history, biography, a good true story, good writing

Don't see it if You can't see in the dark going into the theater....where was their common sense?