Qaddafi's Cook (FringeNYC)
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Qaddafi's Cook (FringeNYC)
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Qaddafi's Cook (FringeNYC) NYC Reviews and Tickets

80%
(12 Reviews)
Positive
84%
Mixed
8%
Negative
8%
Members say
Original, Great acting, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Clever

About the Show

Part of FringeNYC: Based on true events. A young chef goes from running top after-hours Mexico City nightspots to running for his life from the bloodiest foodie in the world, Libyan Dictator Muammar Qaddafi; a chef’s-eye view of a regime’s methods and madness.

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Member Reviews (12)

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79 Reviews | 19 Followers
79
Absorbing, Quirky, Resonant

See it if You are interested in Qaddafi, cooking, life of dictators. Shows that give serious subjects comedic overlays​

Don't see it if If you're looking for something happy. If you really need a comfortable, cool theater

36 Reviews | 19 Followers
90
Clever, Great acting, Ambitious, Original, Edgy

See it if You like food You are interested in politics You like a story based on a real anecdote Interested in what happen to Qaddafi's chef

Don't see it if You like action You like staging You like a big production Don't like narrative Don't like voice over Don't like to imagine things

18 Reviews | 13 Followers
100
Absorbing, Clever, Delightful

See it if You value your life

Don't see it if You dont appreciate art

18 Reviews | 5 Followers
35
Disappointing, Confusing

See it if you don't mind a well-intentioned but poorly executed show where many lines are delivered in a hard-to-follow accent

Don't see it if you do mind a well-intentioned but poorly executed show where many lines are delivered in a hard-to-follow accent

5 Reviews | 1 Follower
97
Absorbing, Delightful

See it if genius comic acting, delightful writing, unique, and political

Don't see it if you need a clear, light story

5 Reviews | 1 Follower
65
Ambitious

See it if you want to see a good actor - Alvaro Flores- work his heart out to bring energy, character & skill to a role & really engage an audience

Don't see it if you have a short attention span. This could be really absorbing & interesting as a radio play but did not lend itself well to live theatre

2 Reviews | 0 Followers
80
Great acting, Edgy, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Tasty

See it if you have an interest in historical, topical drama, an interest in food, or both!

Don't see it if You like productions with a lot of production value. If you haven't eaten dinner yet.

1 Review | 0 Followers
90
Absorbing, Entertaining, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Original

See it if You enjoy good theatre with an original storyline, clever writing and talented actors

Don't see it if You don't want to be entertained, amused or challenged

Critic Reviews (3)

Theatre is Easy
September 2nd, 2016

"If the purpose of food is a metaphor for Qaddafi’s terror, and its existence is to make that connection more real for those in the audience, then how everyone relates to it on a sensory level should be better executed. Still, 'Qaddafi’s Cook' is beautifully done and a triumph of minimalism and immersive theater. It is equal parts intense, charming, and, like any good meal, satisfying."
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CurtainUp
August 25th, 2016

"Sous chef Fredy (Alvaro Flores) adds action and engaging commentary to investigator Paula Madrigal's expressive reading of his boss Sergio's supposed diary of their month-or-so remunerative captivity as Qaddafi's Mexican components of his cooking team...Under Lynn Lohr's masterful direction, Madrigal has the audience on the edge of their seats by the point in the diary when it seems the pair can gracefully exit the country."
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San Diego Free Press
June 29th, 2016
For a previous production

"A powerful piece of theatre…An extraordinary play about cooking and politics…Paola Madrigal was specifically chosen for the role because of the Outstanding Actress Award from last year’s SDIFF. Of the same caliber is Alvaro Flores trained in London as an actor and a mime in France–one can tell by the way he moves across the stage. They deliver great performances…Do not miss this fine performance."
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