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Reviews & Articles - Chocolate Confessions by Joan Freed

Reviews & Articles - Chocolate Confessions by Joan Freed

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What a weekend I have had - a "double header" and two "triple headers" in a row followed by a full day off (sort of).

On Thursday, after finishing the newsletter and catching a nice nap, I hopped the subway into town to catch Seth Rudetsky's 6:00 pm BROADWAY CHATTERBOX show at DON'T TELL MAMA (343 West 46th Street, NYC - 1-212-757-0788 - ). Seth interviewed Sara Ramirez, the Tony-winning featured actress from "Spamalot." These shows are amazing - you simply must try to attend one. Best of all, all proceeds (cover is just $10) go to BROADWAY CARES/EQUITY FIGHTS AIDS ( ).

Then I headed over to the piano bar at THE ENCORE (266 West 47th Street, NYC - 212-221-3960 - ) and went over some of the plans for the two CABARET HOTLINE ONLINE Christmas shows with booking manager Lennie Watts.

By 11:00 pm (it was a long chat with Lennie) I was back at DON'T TELL MAMA for Joan Freed's "Chocolate Confessions" show. As many of you know, in another lifetime I was part of a family business that imported chocolates and other products from Holland, where I worked for 23 years, so chocolate is sort of part of my heritage and history. Ms. Freed was in town for the 8th annual CHOCOLATE SHOW ( ) at the METROPOLITAN PAVILION & ALTMAN BUILDING (125 West 18th Street, NYC).

Joan, who is based in Oregon, has been touring the Northwest for some time with the show, including an astonishing 21-week run at the Portland Art Museum's theatre to rave reviews and sold-out audiences. I discovered why. The show is a non-stop collection of songs (many with special lyrics), stories and gags about chocolate with more puns and jokes than a Ron Poole convention. It was so much fun (and she handed out free chocolates) I returned for a second helping on Friday!

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