Teatro ZinZanni’s limited run at Marymoor Park kicked off in October with “Love, Chaos & Dinner,” a spectacular 3-hour dinner show set inside a hundred-year-old cabaret tent. The show is an eclectic blend of cabaret and comedy, incorporating everything from magic tricks and yodeling to aerial acrobatics. For those of us in Redmond and the Eastside, Teatro’s temporary relocation presents the perfect opportunity to enjoy top-notch entertainment in our own backyard.
The tent, known by a more authentic designation as “the spiegeltent,” is a Belgian import circa the 1910s, richly decorated with red velvet curtains and antique decor. In the foyer is a well-equipped bar and a gift shop where you can upgrade your ensemble with feather boas and masquerade masks. Dressing up is encouraged, so embrace your wild side and flaunt that thing in your closet you’ve been looking for a reason to wear. Arrive at the venue a half hour before showtime to enjoy a leisurely drink and take in your surroundings before being escorted into the dining room. In this pleasantly lit antechamber, white table cloths stand out from dark wood, and a band plays from the stage. The audience includes a range of ages, from young teenagers to the elderly, seated at private and shared tables. Note that the closer your proximity to the central stage area, the more likely you will be to interact with performers, and perhaps even star in a scene; depending on your company, front row seats may be well worth it!
Throughout the evening, performers showcase incredible talents, dazzling the audience with mesmerizing feats, slight-of-hand, and witty repartee. At the helm of the chaos are charismatic hostess Madame ZinZanni, a magical maitre’d, a yodeling dominatrix, and acclaimed moviemaker Cecil B. DeGrille. Seemingly minor characters come forward throughout the show to display jaw-dropping abilities. And while the evening’s highlight is surely the performance itself, the 4-course meal, designed by locally lauded chef Jason Wilson (Miller’s Guild, The Lakehouse, Civility & Unrest), is also a treat.
While the question of a permanent location for Teatro ZinZanni remains, especially now that the show is its final weeks, we can still savor the absurdity and humor that “Love, Chaos & Dinner” has brought to the Eastside. It goes without saying: if you’ve never seen Teatro ZinZanni before, your time is now. If you’ve seen Teatro ZinZanni before, it’s time to go back!
Teatro ZinZanni’s “Love, Chaos & Dinner” runs through April 29, 2018. For more information and tickets, visit TeatroZinzanni.com