Festively asserting that too much is never enough, TZZ’s new show keeps

Festively asserting that too much is never enough, TZZ’s new show keeps its dinner-cabaret formula fresh with acts that mash up entertainment skills in pairs: aerial plus dance en pointe by PNB alumna Ariana Lallone; trapeze plus contortion with Duo Rose; juggling plus the speed and aesthetic of thrash metal by Gamal David Garcia; and, most warmly appreciated by last Thursday’s crowd, ballroom dance plus pole work, expanding it into a third dimension, by the astounding Vertical Tango. (Even the chefs chime in with the entree, making plain salmon startling, which I wouldn’t have thought possible, with a lemon-chile cream sauce.)

All this is organized by just the lightest spritz of storyline: Vivian Beaumount and Clifton Caswell (Christine Deaver and Kevin Kent) return to a swanky hotel, run by Don Diego (Robert Lopez), “the second most interesting man in the world,” to renew their vows. Continuing the theme, Deaver transforms Pat Benatar’s “Love Is a Battlefield” into a torch song; Kent, known as a master of drag, dolls up as Deaver’s double to sing “Sisters”; and Deaver plays matador (to Kent’s randy bull) in one of the show’s two audience-participation skits. By the end, the gender-melding is complete—Beaumount and Caswell reconcile, each adopting at least two sexes, maybe more. It’s a romantic finale as spicy as the Southwest-inspired menu; that and Don Diego’s encouragement of same-sex partnering, as he invites the audience to get up and take a turn on the dance floor, should subvert whatever preconceptions you may have had about TZZ being bland and safe. Teatro ZinZanni, 222 Mercer St., 802-0015, zinzanni.com. $99 and up. Runs Thurs.–Sun. Ends Jan. 31.gborchert@seattleweekly.com