How do you put a fresh spin on a San Francisco favorite? Add a splash of Parisian glamour and mix in some haute couture. Teatro ZinZanni, the long-running production now in its tenth year, livens up the show with a fashionable twist guaranteed to appeal to fashionistas and style novices alike.
“Love, Chaos & Couture: All Dressed up With Someplace To Go” is a limited engagement, high-fashion themed performance running from now until August 15that the storied ZinZanni cabaret tent, located at Pier 29 along San Francisco’s Embarcadero. The show stars beloved cast favorites Liliane Montevecchi and Frank Ferrante as fashion-obsessed former lovers reunited in the City by the Bay.
The show features illustrious costuming by Seattle-based fashion designer Luly Yang. Yang is best known for her bridal gowns and evening wear, and has salons in both Seattle and Beijing. She brings her artistic vision to the table, creating visually stunning outfits that must also withstand the rigors of the physically demanding performances by the cast. This is no easy feat for the costumers, who must seamlessly blend both aesthetics and function. The resulting ensembles are fun and gorgeous eye candy the crowd eagerly consumed.
For those not familiar with the show -over the span of three hours you can expect a blend of cirque, cabaret, music, acrobatics, and a five-course meal to die for. The tent holds just under 300 people, so the experience is intimate and engaging. The cast mingles with show-goers at their tables, and the performances are mere steps away from the dining tables, enabling the cast to immerse themselves with the audience members throughout the night.
Ferrante is a truly talented and funny performer whose off the cuff commentary and antics delighted the crowd from start to finish. If you’re lucky like me, you may even find yourself singing and dancing in the middle of the crowd at Ferrante’s behest. The evening ends the only way it can—with a swanky fashion show and Montevecchi proclaiming “who needs Paris when you have San Francisco!”
Tickets priced from $117- $145 are available at the on-site Box Office at Pier 29 on weekdays from 10 a.m. -6 p.m., and weekends from noon-6 p.m., or by phone at 415-438-2668. Premium and preferred seating is also available. For more information, visit www.zinzanni.org.