Hail Caesar! Forbidden Oasis Packs Heat

Photo Credit: Alan Alabastro

The press is head-over-heels for Hail Caesar! Forbidden Oasis. This Saharan-style adventure’s reviews are no mirage! The performance packs heat to keep all of us warm over the long, grey winter. Get your swim trunks on and let’s see what the press have to say:

“A gleefully gaudy banquet of aerial acts and acrobatics, tap dancing and clowning…The talent sizzles” -The Seattle Times

“You’re not just buying dinner and a show, but a lavish evening-length party.” -Seattle Weekly

“Burlesque- era comedy, lots of audience participation, brassy vocals, and circus-style spectacle” -Talkin’ Broadway

“Frank Ferrante  our hilarious host, is such a doll. He is the kind of relative you wish you had at holiday gatherings because he makes every scene a riot.” Examiner.com

“Weber’s ease and obvious joy in the air is moving, glorious and inspiring.” -Edge Seattle

“Wayne Doba and Andrea Conway-Doba bring humor and old vaudeville charm with their dancing, singing and skits. ”  -Bellevue Reporter

“A delicious dinner that is as unique and pretty as the show.” -Christian Pop Culture at Examiner.com

Here’s what our Facebook fans are saying:

“this is a show EVERYONE MUST SEE! Great value, dinner, Vegas quality or Cirque du Soleil quality talent. So special. My mouth is sore from smiling, laughing and in ‘Awww’ from tonight with the talent, strength, muscle…what else do I say of this show? Spectacular…go see when in Seattle.”

“Best night ever, thank you so much for and awesome show!”

“We had such a great time… glad we were able to get some love spice!”

See what all the buzz is about, get your tickets now!

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25 Things You Didn’t Know About Andrea Conway Doba

Photo credit: Mark Kitaoka

Since 2001, actress, dancer, and acrobat Andrea Conway Doba has been an audience favorite in both of the Teatro ZinZanni tents.  She plays the airborne and hilarious Mitzi, in our recent production, Gangsters of Love.  She climbed down from her chandelier, took off her tap shoes, and answered a  memorable “25 things” interview that will leave you needing a pillow (to cushion your fall, you know, when you go head-over-heels for her).

1. I love being outside growing a garden, cutting and stacking wood for winter, hiking, and bike riding.  Really anything and everything outdoors.

2. The last movie I saw was Woody Allen’s latest, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.  My favorite recent film was Moonrise Kingdom. It seemed to me the whole team, cast and crew, were on the same page. It had a great ensemble feeling, a pleasure to watch.

3. My first job was teaching Gymnastics.

4. I love to travel, discovering new cultures and especially new food.  The places don’t have to be far away.  There are so many things to discover from city-to-city and town-to-town.

5. I watch John Stewart and David Letterman.  I love documentary kinds of shows about nature and history. I am not a fan of reality television.  I also have a hard time with canned laughter sitcoms without a live studio audience.

6. If I could have dinner with three people (alive or dead) who would it be?  Hard to say… I am not much for small talk.  If I could plunge into deep conversation it would be with Carol Burnett, Joan Rivers, and Buddha.

7. Right now I am reading Playwrights at Work.

8. Things I’m scared of: Lying politicians, corporations, their power, and our failing democracy.

9. I love good food and trying new food.  My days, especially days off when I am in a city, are often planned around where and what I’m going to eat. Sometime this drives Wayne (Wayne Doba, her husband and co-star in Gangsters of Love) a little crazy!

10.  Right now in Seattle, I am a big fan of the brunch at Boat Street Cafe (I’m not usually a brunch person). And, this time of year especially in Quebec, there is nothing like fresh corn.  There are so many varieties (sugar maple is my latest favorite).

11. I love shopping at thrift stores. Right now I cannot resist the 50 cent tags at Lifelong AIDS Alliance on Capitol Hill.  We go every Monday.

12. I’ve always wanted to try living totally off grid, being self sustainable for food and everything (among like-minded people so we can trade, but not communal living).

13. I would describe myself as a very curious person.  I’m interested in a great many things.  I find myself wishing I knew more.

14. Something crazy I’ve done… Camping on a remote archipelago island (there was only one family living on it) off the coast of Venezuela.

15. I grew up in West Island Montreal.

16. I speak French, English, and a little Spanish.

17.  I really like the book Geek Love.

18. I have three siblings.

19. A good day for me would be when I feel my whole family is happy.  A day when I can inspire someone, be inspired, create something new, do something outdoors, and have delicious food.

20. I do not like jogging and I am not a fan of caraway seeds.

21. I have a few favorite spots in Seattle:  I would say Fremont especially on Sundays, Discovery Park, and wherever we venture on our bikes. Biking in Seattle is great!

22. There are to many countries I would love to visit, but most recently I have had the urge to visit Croatia.

23. I’m most proud of making a living doing something I love with a person I love.

24. Lately my drink of choice has been a Manhattan (thanks to Duo Madrona)!

25. Ever since I was very young I’ve wanted to be an actress.  As I got a little older I thought of becoming an anthropologist, then a photographer for national geographic, and then a lawyer.  Just after college I ended up having to choose between film making and graphic design, only to receive an invitation to audition for Cirque du Soleil.  I thought I’d do this for a year or two then go back to school, but I’ve been performing ever since.  I feel that it chose me and I feel very fortunate.

Gangsters of Love is the Cat’s Whiskers

Gangsters of Love is aces!  It’s hitting on all sixes!  It’s Jake!  However you prefer to say it, Gangsters of Love is a hit.  Why even the highfalutin inky fingers (or the press for those of you who ain’t on the trolley) have gone bananas for our newest show.  Here’s the skinny:

“Equal parts entertainment and experience, “Gangsters” is a hilarious testament to an age when liquor and love trumped all – and a captivating trip to the past you won’t want to miss. “

“It was the perfect combination of great comedy and thrills.”

“The dinner theatre production of “Gangsters in Love” is a 1930’s mad cap production that features singers, acrobats, circus tricks and a lot of laughs.”

Get your tuchus down to the tent for the Real McCoy and see what all the hullabaloo is about. Don’t forget about our moxie matinees featuring an all-new kid-friendly menu at a wallet-friendly price.

See the show before it 23-skidoos!

Gangsters Loot the Tent

The story begins long before you get to the tent. Check out this teaser for Gangsters of Love playing at Teatro ZinZanni in Seattle through September 30.

It is finally here!  Gangsters of Love opened June 14th to a full house of adoring fans and freshly minted converts. For this spectacular spectacular, the tent sends you back in time to 1932. America is deep in the depression. Bread lines, unemployment and homelessness are rife. Prohibition, which made the sale and distribution of liquor illegal, has been the law of the land for 13 years. Why on earth did we send you back here, you might be asking yourself?

Oh right, because it is also the age of jazz, Art Deco, and glamor! This show has everything, and we mean everything: Three aerial acts, gangsters, tap dancing, King Kong, Chef Caesar, gambling, socks, cement boots, moxie, jazz, Francine Reed, and so much more. Gangsters of Love features comedian Frank Ferrante, aerialist Dreya Weber, blues vocal powerhouse Francine Reed, Duo Madrona (Ben Wendel and Rachel Nehmer) on trapeze, funnyman Joe DePaul, comic acrobat Andrea Conway Doba, vaudevillian Wayne Doba and juggler rola bola extraordinaire Bernard Hazen. This much talent in one tent is probably illegal, so don’t tell the fuzz!

Chef Erik Carlson has simply outdone himself with his newest five-course extravaganza of flavor. Think we are being biased? Check out the menu! Seriously, he is serving Blue Nose Bass en Parchment with lemon, Mascarpone and fresh herbs, served with garlic saffron rice, broccolini almandine and carrots. We dream in cheesecake! You will not be disappointed.