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Teatro ZinZanni is Love, Chaos and Dinner rolled into one evening of great entertainment and dining

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Teatro ZinZanni: Love, Chaos & Dinner
Pier 29
San Francisco, CA 94111-1028
(415) 438-2668

While many folks love Beach Blanket Babylon, the
zany musical spoof of pop culture with extravagant costumes and outrageously huge hats, another fantastic dinner show that rivals this 30+ year phenomenon is Teatro ZinZanni.

Set along San Franciscoo’s historic waterfront, Teatro ZinZanni is a bewitching evening of European cabaret, cirque, divas and madmen, spectacle and sensuality with live music and a gourmet five-course dinner—set in the nightclub of your dreams!

As you enter the cabaret tent lobby with a huge bar where cocktails are sold, you meet some of the exotic women and men who set the mood for a night of fun. Colorful, sexy costumes, humorous acts and subtle injections of vaudeville shtick sandwiched between mesmerizing contortion and acrobatic feats (in which you ponder if the actor in the spotlight is a woman or man) sets the tone for a truly San Francisco-style experience. The performers utilize illusion, surprise and music to entertain, making the 3-hour show fly by far too fast.

Now in its Sixth Smash Year! Teatro ZinZanni is uniquely staged in a luxurious European Spiegeltent. Teatro ZinZanni was created by Pacific Northwest non-profit arts and events producer One Reel in 1998 and enjoyed a sold-out 14 month run in Seattle before bringing its antique “spiegeltent” to San Francisco in 2000, now located at its permanent home on Pier 29 along The City’s Embarcadero. Teatro ZinZanni breaks new artistic territory with this intoxicating blend of interactive theater, spectacle, fine arts and fine dining, put together under the artistic direction of One Reel's Norman Langill.

The antique tents that inspired show creator Norman Langill are authentic Belgian spiegeltents (mirror tent) devised and constructed at the turn of the 20th century by craftman Willem Klessens. There are eight in existence and two of them are used for the Teatro ZinZanni show--one in San Francisco's Les Palis Nostalgique and the other in Seattle's Moulin Rouge. For more than a century, the spiegeltents toured Europe. They hosted dances, cabarets and celebrations. Buried within the sparkling mirrors and hand-carved booths lie years of laughter and celebration.

The ever changing cast at Teatro ZinZanni features world-class practitioners of some of the oldest and most time honored traditions in entertainment. It is truly an extraordinary ensemble, of a caliber unlikely seen anywhere else in the world. Throughout the show's years of success, it has featured Joan Baez, Maria Muldaur, Sally Kellerman and a host of celebrity performers. While the dinner show ranges in price from around $125  - $150 per person, it's a great tourist attraction, date or event to attend for a celebration.