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posted Friday, November 17, 2017 - Volume 45 Issue 46
Teatro ZinZanni: Familiar show, new home, fun evening
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Teatro ZinZanni: Familiar show, new home, fun evening

by Eric Andrews-Katz - SGN A&E Writer

TEATRO ZINZANNI
LOVE, CHAOS & DINNER
MARYMOOR PARK
Through April 29


Teatro ZinZanni. The words are as electrifying as the word 'Circus,' and for good reason. Constructed in the fashion of a French circus, the show is filled with incredible acts, cabaret singing, performances, and a good meal. What else could anyone ask for? Teatro ZinZanni has moved to Marymoor Park, but the drive is worth it without hesitation. Parking is ample, and the tent is set up, insulated and welcoming.

The show is a revamping of their previous incarnation called 'Love, Chaos & Dinner.' The tale is about a premier Diva - Madame ZinZanni - and her restaurant staff who find out at the last minute, that a prestigious restaurant critic is attending the show. Between 'The Maestro' and his obsession with creating the perfect robot waitress, the hostess dominatrix searching for love, the security guy trying to find something more, and any one of the various entertainers, the search for Love continues.

While some of the acts may seem familiar they are still just as enjoyable and breathtaking for the novice and frequent attendee alike. The 'owner' of the restaurant (Ariana Savalas) doubles as a singer. Her voice is perfectly suited to cover the hits like 'Perhaps' in a sultry fashion. Her svelte body adds to her sex appeal, which contributes to her persona and performance.

Elena Gatilova adds humor as a cleaner in the restaurant. When she is not adding comic relief with slapstick timing, she is showing off her aerial ballet skills. Hanging from a hoop on a rope, she twirls with great agility and grace high above the audience. Svetlana returns to the Teatro stage as the robot longing to be human. Svetlana moves with perfectly controlled movements that slowly become graceful as she becomes more and more human. Yevgeniy Voronin is the unofficial host of the restaurant. His silent behavior is something reminiscent of Nosferatu as he moves without words leaving a strong presence as he skulks around the theatrical tent.

Joe De Paul* (who is also the show's director) plays part of the restaurant staff that wants everything to go well. Part Master of Ceremonies and part comic, De Paul may be short in height but he makes up for it with the mountain of physical comedy he is capable of bringing to the stage. [*NOTE: Starting in January Mr. De Paul leaves and is replaced by Ron Campbell.]

The Duo Madrona (Ben Wendel and Rachel Neymar) play the security guard and the female, prestigious food critic. Their playful flirting creates warmth in the theatre among lovers and singles alike. They finally get to perform together, by swinging together and on each other, from a trapeze hanging from the center of the tent.

It is Dominic Aillot that gives the 'eleventh hour' performance. Playing the role of 'chef' he shows his real talent towards the end of the night. While Harry Connick Jr's version of 'Feeling Good' plays over the speakers, Mr. Aillot leaps onto a pole with great agility and precise precision. He balances himself from all angles while moving up and down with perfect synchronicity. His act is truly breathtaking and deserving of the standing ovation that the audience surrendered as reward.

The menu starts with an appetizer consisting of fresh ricotta cheese and roasted pumpkin crostini. There are the extra choices of breadbaskets or antipasto plates and other amuse-bouche plates that can be added for an additional charge. The evening's soup is white bean and rosemary that is creamy and delicious. The main course is a choice of salmon fillet with fennel citrus salsa, or braised short ribs with a cabernet Demi-glaze and a cauliflower purée, or a harvest tagine for the vegetarian preferences. Whichever the choice it is bound to be delicious as it was created by the Chef Jason Wilson. Dessert is the 'Madam ZinZanni,' a dense chocolate cake with a dark cherry ganache.

Teatro ZinZanni has moved from it's previous, long-term location in Seattle's Lower Queen Anne to it new location at King County's Marymoor Park. While parking on the grounds is $15.00, there are ample spots to hold the Teatro tent's fullest capacity. While only a short drive, the show is complete escapism and fun for all ages of the family. How can anything go wrong when the evening involves Love, Chaos & Dinner?

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