Fringe Review: Butt Kapinski


Presented by Hey Boss
Reviewed 12 March 2017

Butt Kapinski is not just a show; nor is it just the name of the main character; it could very well be the name of a new type of theatre/comedy style. It is improvisational theatre with a difference:YOU, the audience do most of the improvisation!

Don’t be put off by the above statement, or the fact that the Front of House Manager tells you that no seat is safe. It’s all in the very best of fun, if not necessarily taste. Only a couple of people have to actually leave their seats and we’re all led safely, and hilariously, in our roles by that great American Private “Dick” (yes, get prepared for those sorts of jokes!), the lisping, mispronouncing, lamp-post-cum-interrogation-light carrying (don’t ask!), Butt Kapinski (Deanna Fleysher).

Fleysher flies around the audience almost at the speed of light telling a tale of classic “film noir” (or as Butt calls it, film wah) character, nicely coercing us all to play parts, and not always necessarily human. Under his/her direction, the audience ‘live’ (or ‘die’) the tale, with some even providing theme songs and the soundtrack to the story. Men play women (on the night reviewed, yours truly was Lola the Harlot), women play men and all hilarious hell breaks loose. And be prepared; if you don’t play ball, Butt will wait, and wait, and wait, and wait……and wait until you do.

This is very funny, adult comedy and Fleysher shows off her superb clowning skills magnificently, never stopping physically or verbally. Her people skills are great as well: she does not know how people are necessarily going to react, but has the required knack of leading us to just how she wants us to participate.

If you love ‘film noir’ – and who doesn’t – and a hilarious fun time out – and who doesn’t: get your Butt into gear and see Kapinski. Here’s lookin’ at you, Butt!

Review by Brian Godfrey
Twitter: @briangods

Rating out of 5: 5

Venue: The Garden of Unearthly Delights – Campanile
Season: Until 19 March 2017
Duration: 60 mins
Tickets: $25 – $32


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