FRINGEWORLD 2017 – Butt Kapinski (4.5 Stars)

Review by Kieran Eaton

What do you get when you combine one-person improvisation with the Noir detective genre? You get Butt Kapinski, which is as deliciously weird as its title. It is a night of moody lighting, creepy sound effects and surprises all round. This adult-content story delves deep into the dark side of the criminal underworld, in an unpredictable, comical way. It is a show that will keep you glued to your chair but be prepared to get up and be involved!

The show is about Butt Kapinski: A small, creepy man, with a light always above him and a massive lisp. With the character’s strong Jewish New York accent be prepared for occasional misunderstandings. However, this character is played by a talented actor in Deanna Fleysher who stays in character throughout, no matter how the crowd reacts. Fleysher’s off-the-cuff interactions with the crowd are a massive highlight of the show.

The seating is in a circular arrangement to allow Fleysher to move around with ease and everybody be close to the action. Kapinski’s dialogue has many pauses to create a strong feel of real time action. You can barely see Kapinski’s head, based on the massive trench coat and light contraption that Fleysher uses to grab audience attention.  The show has a high reliance on crowd participation but that that is what adds to the fun of seeing the US- based performer rise to the occasion.

Butt Kapinski is a night of crazy surprises that will have you in stitches!


When: 31st January – 11th February 2017 | 8:30pm/7:45pm

Where: The Blue Room Theatre | HUBBUB @ MANPAC | PERTH

Tickets: $23 – $31

Info: Duration 60 minutes | Recommended 18+