Northwest NEWS

February 1, 1999


'Teatro Zinzanni' is a feast for the senses

by Deborah Stone

   An evening of extraordinary entertainment that combines European cabaret, circus acts, music, dance, physical comedy, and a five-course dinner await those who attend the Teatro Zinzanni: Love, Chaos, and Dinner show.

   Presented by One Reel, Teatro Zinzanni is a unique production housed in a "spiegeltent," a tent pavilion located on Mercer Street, across from the Seattle Opera House. With wooden floors, leaded glass windows, canvas, mirrors, cutglass work, and rich velvet detailing, the tent is a masterpiece of craftsmanship and design.

   "Spiegeltents" date back to the late 1910s and '20s when they were originally constructed as dance halls and wine-tasting venues. There are only a few of these marvelous structures left in the world, and each one has its own look and personality. Two hundred and fifty people can sit comfortably in booths or at tables while watching the show.

   Acts continue nonstop during the three and a half-hour production and occur throughout the venue. There is constant action among the actors and plenty of humorous interactions with the audience. Thirteen talented performers accompanied by an onstage band show off their amazing skills in a wild and wacky series of vignettes.

   There is the Aerial Beauty, French trapeze-contortion artist Aurelia Cats, who dangles and sensually twists above the tables; the Gentleman Juggler, Ukrainian Sergei Krutikov, with his incredible hat act; The Diva, operatic singer Anna Strazicich, who along with The Chanteuse, Seattle's own Ann Wilson (formerly of Heart), provide lush and soaring vocals; and Tapdancer Extraordinaire, Wayne Doba, whose tapping keeps audiences spellbound in amazement. These, along with an outrageous cast of restaurant characters, which include The Waitress, Le Chef, Maitre d'Hotel, Juliette the Dishwasher, Sous Chef, and Le Sommelier (wine steward), combine to present a memorable experience to delight the senses.

   Teatro Zinzanni has been playing to sell-out crowds, and due to its popularity has been extended until April 11. For ticket information, call 206-292-ARTS.