Down the Rabbit Hole @ Cafe Nordo’s Knife Room

“We’re all mad here. You must be, or you wouldn’t have come here” 🐰

📸: Cafe Nordo

Show resumes Sept 16 • 7:30 pm

This Pioneer Square dinner theater, created by co-executive artistic directors Erin Brindley and Terry Podgorski in 2009, continues its experiment integrating food and storytelling both upstairs in its Culinarium and downstairs in its Knife Room cabaret space. Currently running down there in an open-ended run, in addition to recurring jazz nights and “Sip & Savor” events, is the richly designed “Wonderland Cabaret” of Down the Rabbit Hole.

Multiple parts make up this colorful cabaret, adapted by Podgorski and playwright Stephen Robinson from the Lewis Carroll stories and directed by Jasmine Joshua. One part is a musical retelling of the mad tea party, as emceed by the White Rabbit. Another part is an interactive pop-up art experience — the room housing visual artist Kate Jessup’s “Infinity Garden of Living Flowers” installation makes for a kaleidoscopic marvel. One more part is a locally sourced fine-dining experience designed by award-winning executive chef Brindley herself. And then there’s the after-hours, no-cover, anybody-can-get-on-the-mic karaoke party. They’ve even added Sunday brunch dates for people like me who would rather be cozy at home in the evenings while watching Big Brother and old episodes of The Kids in the Hall.

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Marcus Gorman

Marcus Gorman is a Seattle-based playwright and film programmer. He once raised money for a synagogue by marathoning 15 Adam Sandler movies in one weekend. You can find him on Instagram and Twitter @marcus_gorman.