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Review: Death By Chocolate

12/04/2009 12:02:00 AM


If you were hesitant at first about going to see the new "Death By Chocolate" show (here), let me get rid of it for you. Media rep Dwillens headed over to see the show this past weekend and had nothing but good things to say about it along with the words 'you should check it out sometime.' Which is advice I plan on taking at some point and think you should too. Here's what he had to say:

In "Death By Chocolate," Mike Dorval takes the audience along on an odyssey through his struggles with his weight, from his first Weight Watchers meeting at 7 years old, to his peak weight at 338 lbs., and back to normalcy (where he now resides).

As soon as you sit in the theater and hear "Lady Marmalade" juxtaposed with "Fat Bottom Girls" in the pre-show soundtrack, you know you're in for a rollicking good time. Indeed, Mr. Dorval, a stand-up comic as well as a stage actor, manages to marry the two styles in a production that is witty and engaging, and yet honest and intensely personal.


During the show, he involves the audience as you would expect in a stand-up performance, using a conversational style and responding to comments from the gallery. On the other hand, he certainly has a story to tell, and the monologue follows a plot based on his life that is usually hilarious and sometimes touching.


This show is definitely worth checking out for anyone who has ever struggled with food or weight issues (by which I mean everyone).


Click (here) to get tickets.


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