Seattle’s local professional theaters, including the Seattle Repertory Theater and A Contemporary Theater (ACT), offer outstanding local talent complemented with impressive visiting performers. In the University District, Wing-It Productions offers improvisational comedy events. The 5th Avenue Theater, renowned for its opulent Asian interior, is a favorite for big-name musicals. Don’t forget community theater as well: the Edmonds Driftwood Players are worth the 20-minute drive north of town.
For those seeking an educational dinner theater experience, there is Tillicum Village on Blake Island State Park. A 50-minute cruise to the island offers rich views of Mount Rainier and the Sound. While on Blake Island, visitors enjoy an all-you-can-eat traditional Native salmon bake and an entertaining storytelling performance by local Northwest tribes. Before returning, visitors watch a traditional carving demonstration.
For those seeking modern theater, Teatro ZinZanni is a three-hour showcase of quality drama, circus arts, comedy and cabaret accompanied with a five-course feast created by a celebrated Northwest chef. Each course is intertwined with the show plot. Presented in the round, the entertainment unfolds above and alongside the audience as they dine on a gourmet meal. (Sarah Wyatt)