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Mario FrattiMost people all over the world know some plays by the great American playwrights Lillian Hellman, Maxwell Anderson, Clifford Odets, Eugene O’Neill, Arthur Miller, Tennessee Williams, Edward Albee, David Mamet, Sam Shepard, Terrence McNally. What about the other one hundred young playwrights who write with passion and hope and present their plays in small theaters Off Off?
As a drama critic I see many of them. Some have value, validity, promise. I write names and titles in my diary and hope to see their work again, somewhere. Unfortunately some of them disappear forever in the fog of obscurity.
There is fortunately another drama critic, the young Martin Denton, a colleague of mine, who has done something about it. He started collections of the best plays off off. He has already published three elegant volumes. Well, they contain thirty five new plays. The best off off. And finally 35 new names are on the theatre map of New York. The writers will feel encouraged and will persist in their activity as dedicated lovers of new dramas, new visions of the world. All this thanks to Martin Denton and his collaborators Rochelle Denton and Nita Congress.
I have read these plays carefully. They are all interesting. I find sixteen of them exceptionally good. Which ones? Buy the books.
— Italian Weeklies