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  Teatro ZinZanni: Love, Chaos and Dinner Reviews
Teatro ZinZanni: Love, Chaos and Dinner
Cambria Hotel Chicago Loop

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Chicago Tribune- Recommended

"...The circus work is modestly scaled to the space, of course (this is not a Cirque du Soleil extravaganza) but the performers are skilled (the premiere show has the Anastasini Brothers from the Big Apple Circus, Gamal David Garcia from Mexico's Atayde Hnos, and, hurrah, Samuel and Sylvia Rose, one of the few trapeze acts based in Chicago. Domitil Aillot is there too, albeit weirdly underused. You'll likely to be taken by the Ukrainian gymnast Elena Gatilova, a longtime ZinZanni performer who I think really embraces the emotional theatricality of this kind of work."
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Chris Jones



Chicago Sun Times- Recommended

"...On the entertainment menu: Plate spinners, aerialists, jugglers, character clowns, a sultry chanteuse, an opera diva and a charming and mischievous emcee/comic/"chef" combine for nonstop hijinks and amazing athleticism. The action takes place all around, with performers suspended from the ceiling, circling the tables amid diners, atop a circular "center stage" and occasionally, if you're seated at one specific table, right atop your banquette."
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Miriam Di Nunzio



Daily Herald- Recommended

"..."Love, Chaos & Dinner," Teatro ZinZanni's engaging entertainers and world-class artist/athletes serve up a most delightful dish."
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Barbara Vitello



Chicago Reader- Highly Recommended

"...Comedy by Joe De Paul and Tim Tyler keeps the mood mirthful and goofy, and even the four-course dinner (created by Debbie Sharpe of the Goddess and Grocer) becomes part of the show, served by a cast of roving comedians who deliver tableside comedy. Stay home if you don't like fun. As for me, I would go a second time."
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Sheri Flanders



Around The Town Chicago- Highly Recommended

"...A new entertainment venue has been constructed in Chicago! It is right in the heart of our Theater District and is in the same building as the Nederlander. Yes, up on the 14th floor of the Cambria Hotel at 32 West Randolph is this new "theater" called The Spiegeltent ZaZou. It is on the 14th floor in an area that back in the old days was the masonic Hall ( that moved to its own building many years ago). They have built this space, a sort of "tent", as you would find outdoors ,for a Cirque show, but in many ways, this is more of a "Kit Kat Klub" experience ( which is why I added this review to the Cabaret section of the site) and is truly a one of a kind entertainment experience!"
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Alan Bresloff



WTTW- Highly Recommended

"...Before it's all over there is a dizzying parade set to Jacques Brel's "Carousel," and Ferrante rides in on a chariot in a perfectly campy version of Ben-Hur. So be prepared to eat, drink and be merry, and enjoy the calculated chaos."
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Hedy Weiss



Chicago Theatre Review- Highly Recommended

"...This is a unique entertainment opportunity Chicago audiences won't want to miss. The space on the 14th floor of the newly-opened Cambria Hotel, that once housed a gigantic storage facility and used to be a Masonic Hall, is the latest theatre to open in the Windy City. It's completely renovated now, looking more like a sumptuous European cabaret theatre from between the War years. The multifaceted production itself is a mind-boggling experience, with entertainment taking place throughout the audience, as well as on several stages located around the tent. While the production is primarily aimed at adult audiences, liberal-minded parents might consider bringing older children who'll delight in the circus performances and the colorful atmosphere. Teatro Zinzanni is, indeed, a vibrant spectacle of love and chaos, crowned by a glass of champagne and a delicious, four-course dinner."
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Colin Douglas



Chicagoland Theater Reviews- Highly Recommended

"...The performance flows without stop from beginning to end. If nature abhors a vacuum, Teatro ZinZanni abhors quiet. There is nonstop bustle from the performers, the waiters, and the small pit orchestra. The production strives to ensure there is a dull moment and never flags both on stage and among the tables. This is as an accommodating a show as any ticket buyer could hope for. Unforced friendliness abounds from every employee, from the elevator custodian to the star performers. It all makes for an unapologetic love-in between staff and visitor."
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Dan Zeff



The Fourth Walsh- Highly Recommended

"...Comedy is a big part of this show. Frank Ferrante and Rizo lead the lampoon as hilarious co-hosts. They do interactive bits with audience members. Ferrante is more a buffoon clown from his outrageous look to his over-the-top gestures. And Rizo is more sultry Mae-West-come-up-and-see-me-some-time. Rizo, as does Kelly Britt, also interject beautiful singing throughout the show. The evening is multi-faceted entertainment."
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Katy Walsh



Chicago On Stage- Highly Recommended

"...Teatro ZinZanni's arrival in Chicago adds another exhilarating option to the eclectic variety of our city's entertainment and an exciting new downtown destination for tourists and Chicagoans alike. It's a thrilling, three-hour-long joyride accompanied by a really marvelous house band led by Russ Long in a beautiful, unusual space where the performers are all around you. There is a reason that this company has been going so strong for so long in Seattle and San Francisco, and they should expect similar success here."
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Karen Topham



PicksInSix- Highly Recommended

"...All of the performers, and an expanded service staff, make for a lively evening as they pass in and among the guests just before plying their artistry on, above and among the confines of the Spiegeltent ZaZou-in shimmering Christine Joly de Lotbiniere costumes-to a pulsating musical score under the direction of Hans Teuber with Band Leader Russ Long. So, I am already making plans to return after August 14 for Aillot's Chinese Pole routine. I know this because when I returned for the show last Friday, with a little prodding, I recognized Aillot in the elevator on the way up. It was my second unforgettable impression of Teatro ZinZanni's "Love, Chaos and Dinner"... and the elevator doors to the 14th floor had not even opened yet for the main event."
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Ed Tracy



Picture This Post- Highly Recommended

"...Who wouldn’t enjoy an evening of uproarious laughter facilitated by renowned performers from around the world, scored by seasoned musicians and accompanied by finely crafted fare! This reviewer found the “thick, al dente spaghetti noodles kissed with fresh basil and tomato ragout” -- the Bucatini Pasta -- absolutely divine! Those who have great difficulty with the possibility of being momentarily placed in the spotlight may wish to proceed with caution."
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Spence Warren