Sunday, May 20, 2012

An evening at Teatro ZinZanni- the perfect date night

A couple of weeks ago I wrote a post about my morning at Teatro ZinZanni's family show called In Tents.  I'd been wanting to visit Teatro ZinZanni and see a show for years, and it was great to finally get to see what was going on inside the gorgeous tent!  I kept raving about the place to my husband, so we were both super excited when I got an email on Thursday asking if we'd like to attend the full dinner show that evening! Fortunately we have some lovely neighbors who agreed to watch our kids on short notice, and a few hours later we were off to what was one of the best date nights we've ever had.

Shows change every few months at Teatro ZinZanni, and now (through June10) the show that is playing is called:
Christine Deaver and Robert Lopez (aka El Vez) return to Seattle to create the new characters Tres and Cinco, a brother and sister team who electrify the tent with their Latin flavor.
In a storyline seemingly ripped from the headlines, times are tough and the dinner tent is threatened with closure. Pandemonium ensues when the kitchen staff refuses the pink slips. With only one night left to save their theatre, our underdogs band together as "back-of-house" heads to "front-of-house" in typical ZinZanni style! In the end, of course, artists save the day, the circus stays in town and non-stop entertainment is had by all!
It's really hard to describe what goes on at Teatro ZinZanni, but I'll try. When we first arrived, we were escorted to our table in the gorgeous tent. The tent interior is covered with red velvet and mirrors and lights, so you're transported to an exotic world from the moment you walk through the door.  When we sat down, we were able to immediately enjoy the first of the five course dinner- a delicious appertivo. We were seated at a booth with two other couples, and while we waited for the show to start, we had a nice time chatting and getting to know them. One couple had been to four other Teatro ZinZanni shows, and they assured us we were in for a good time.
The "Moulin Rouge" spiegeltent
Photo: Keith Brofsky

The rest of the evening was a whirlwind of delicious food (seamlessly integrated into the show) and wonderful entertainment.  We were amazed by tricks with the hula hoops (performed by Vita Radionova) and by some seriously impressive acrobatic work (by Ling Rui, an award winning acrobat and by Les Petits Freres); we were entranced by the beautiful zapateo dance by Ann Bernard, and we laughed until we cried on multiple occasions thanks to the humor of the three main characters- Mike Geier, Robert Lopez and Christine Deaver.  I don't think three hours have ever passed so quickly! There's a fun element of audience participation in the show as well, so you really feel like you're a part of the action.
Photo Credit: Mark Kitaoka

Photo Credit: Mark Kitaoka

Photo Credit: Mark Kitaoka


An evening out at Teatro ZinZanni is definitely not a budget outing, but if you're celebrating a special occasion or just want a really special date night, it's definitely worth the expense.  Daniel and I both agreed that it was the best date night that the two of us have ever been on, and we hope to return again in the future.

Disclosure: I received two free tickets for the show, but did pay for our beverages and the service charge.  All opinions posted here are completely mine and mine alone!


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