January 4th, 5th, and 7th 2018
Hudson Guild Theatre
Written by Emily Dinova, Directed by Gregory Cioffi
Review by Julia Ippstein
Cold Porridge is a vibrant murder mystery spoof that had the audience laughing from start to finish. It’s just a lot of fun. Although Emily Dinova’s script had many moments where characters seemed to make unjustified choices, which being a serious theatre goer was a little frustrating for me, I found if I simply surrendered to the silliness of it, it didn’t matter so much. That’s not the point of a show like this. The point is to enjoy the characters, their insanity and the mystery of “who is the murderer?”. The actors were a wonderful array of energetic and strong performers. Some highlights were Lucinda Jones (Catriona Rubenis-Stevens) who was strong, loud, ridiculous and specific and Marc Poison (Doga Celik) who was so good at being arrogant and a disgusting flirt that I couldn’t help loving hating him. Miguelito Javier Alejandro Rosenberg (Kevin Tobon) was a character that was fantastic in the writing, costume and acting. A unique, random and hilarious performance and character. Gregory Cioffi’s direction was balanced and sharp and you could tell he really knew what he was doing. The play isn’t my cup of tea, but it certainly is someone’s.