Things are never boring at Teatro ZinZanni. Every show is “part circus, part dinner theatre and always magical” as they describes themselves. It’s dinner and a show at the same time and no matter where you are seated, you are part of it too. Each show is unique with its own theme and a loose storyline woven in.
The shows are not for everyone. Some shows are racier than others and there is a lot of drinking. The shows vary on how much sophisticated humor, sensuality and innuendo is provided in each. However, the heart behind each production is to just put on a good show and leave people laughing. That mission is accomplished almost every time. The current show, “Hail Caesar! Forbidden Oasis,” is part revival and part “best of” production. It features semi-regular and audience favorite, Chef Caesar and Cleopatra brought back to life with a small supply of “love spice.”
Caesar is portrayed by Frank Ferrante, who just finished a one-man show at the ACT Theatre, “An Evening with Groucho Marx.” Cleopatra or Cleo as she is referred to here, is played by actress, musician, aerialist and choreographer, Dreya Weber, who also headlined another show a few months ago, “Gangsters in Love.” (Ferrante was in that show too portraying both Chef Caesar and a godfather-type character.) The show itself is based on a similar storyline about the infamous pair from years ago only Martha Davis of The Motels played the role of Cleo. Caesar’s character, much like Bugs Bunny to Elmer Fudd, enjoys making those watching the show feel uncomfortable. If you’re not careful, you’ll be brought up to the stage to be analyzed by Caesar who will tell you how beautiful you are – no matter what gender you are.
The new show isn’t exactly a carbon copy of the original, but if you are a regular to Teatro ZinZanni, you will be pretty familiar with most if not all the acts. The circus tent is highlighting some of the best acts in this one show including:
- Dick & Mitzi (Wayne and Andrea Doba), a personal favorite, are a real-life husband and wife team that sing, dance, do comedy and more.
- Duo Madrona, another husband and wife team, who perform acrobatics
- Les Petit Frères, a trio of performers who can sing, juggle, perform amazing acrobatics and more.
- Vita Radionova who has a mesmerizing act of spinning a dozen or so hula hoops at the same time in an elegant fashion.
Accompanying each show in five courses is a delicious dinner that is as unique and pretty as the show. They include an appetizer, soup, salad, a choice from three main dishes (a meat, seafood or vegetarian entrée) and dessert.
Performances are presented each week Wednesdays through Sundays until January 26, 2014. Ticket prices are spendy starting at $108 but it is a three hour adventure that you’ll never forget. Tickets can be purchased online or by calling the box office at 206.802.0015. Each performance is held with the giant Spiegeltent tent located at 222 Mercer Street in Seattle, just across the street from the Seattle Center.