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Teatro ZinZanni’s Love, Chaos & Dinner Recasted

With a show namedLove, Chaos and Dinner, you’d think you’d know what you are about to get served. But in spite of the early warning, Teatro ZinZanni’s iconic dinner show tosses in quite a few surprising ingredients to make the evening veer from happy chaos (who is the dinner staff and who are the performers? How exactly was my salad plate just delivered to me?) to jaw dropping amazement (the circus acts are world class). To that they add a dash of sublime (opera and jazz vocals that are next level) mixed with an irreverent and saucy camp that will make your toes curl, especially if you happen to be in attendance with family members or colleagues. All that is to say, it’s a recipe that works, with daring and exotic flavors, built on the solid base ingredients of entertainment traditions and variety arts theater. 

Dinner show theater has a long and storied history in the US and Europe, and its popularity waxes and wanes, but the timelessness of its appeal is demonstrated in the success stories of productions from Randolph Entertainment’s Teatro ZinZanni (founded in 1998 in Seattle) to Joya, the Cirque du Soleil version of dinner and a show.  Adding circus to dinner theater is an excellent way to increase the energy level and appeal of a show, and Teatro ZinZanni’s creative director Norman Langill has struck the right balance. Using seemingly nothing more than the conventions of comedy, circus and dinner show entertainment, the resulting production somehow amounts to more than the sum of its already joyous parts. We’v...

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Kim Campbell

Kim Campbell has written about circus for CircusTalk.News, Spectacle magazine, Circus Now, Circus Promoters and was a resident for Circus Stories, Le Cirque Vu Par with En Piste in 2015 at the Montreal Completement Cirque Festival. They are the former editor of American Circus Educators magazine, as well as a staff writer for the web publication Third Coast Review, where they write about circus, theatre, arts and culture. Kim is a member of the American Theater Critics Association.