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Butt Kapinski

From 10 critic and 18 member reviews
Members say: Clever, Entertaining, Hilarious, Quirky, Funny

About the show

Private eye Butt Kapinski invites you to co-star in an adults-only, film-noir murder mystery. More…

Join Butt in a seedy world of sex, sin, shadows, and subterfuge as you take the ride of a full-on interactive comedic experience. Kick reality to the curb! Play in a world of dark dreams and bad similes.

Part of Soho Playhouse's 2018 Fringe Encore Series.

The Independent (UK)

for a previous production “A tour de force of character comedy and clowning...Fleysher assembles her characters from everyone in the room, casting minor and major parts as she goes, with an intuition for involving the keen over the embarrassed...When the twist ending comes it’s an obvious but somehow unexpected one, and the most deserving finale we can imagine for such a masterfully immersive and hard-working character piece.” Full Review

Now Toronto

for a previous production “This gonzo, immersive theatre experience finds Fleysher playing a 1930s hard-boiled detective creature, characterized by an amusing speech impediment and an adjustable lamp extending out of his back...The non-stop laughs come from Fleysher’s bug-eyed intensity, her fearless anything-goes and from the nervous uncertainty of what audience indignity might be coming next. If you want to be in a show rather than just at a show, Butt Kapinski’s got your number.” Full Review

Glam Adelaide

for a previous production “’Butt Kapinski’ is not just a show...It could very well be the name of a new type of theatre/comedy style. It is improvisational theatre with a difference...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...has the required knack of leading us to just how she wants us...If you love ‘film noir’ and a hilarious fun time out...get your Butt into gear and see Kapinski.” Full Review


for a previous production "A choose-your-own-adventure murder mystery as Kapniski and the audience, together, create a ‘film noir’. Part-comedy, part social experiment, the work is an amalgamation of of clown, bouffon, improv comedy and immersive/interactive theatre at its best...The performance is fresh, dynamic, and highly entertaining...This show is bold, clever and very funny. No matter where you stand on immersive theatre, this show is for you." Full Review

The 730 Review

for a previous production "Fleysher embarked on a meandering, dazzling odyssey of comic invention. The lack of distinctive narrative didn’t matter in the slightest, for this was not only a parody of the film-noir formula but an homage to the various repeated tropes the genre so often displays....There are few shows on offer in existence, let alone Edinburgh, which possess this level of comedic originality. 'Butt Kapinski' has its moments of depth too." Full Review


for a previous production "The show is a bonkers chiaroscuro hall of mirrors where the audience explores the existential grey area between good and evil...All entertainment factors aside, it’s one of many ways that the thematic interests and tensions of noir become a genuine part of the show’s texture...It’s outrageously funny, and a gorgeous grab bag of noir tropes and characters...A fascinating show. I’m deeply impressed with how Flysher manipulates, encourages and orchestrates us." Full Review

GScene Magazine

for a previous production “It’s a fun hour in daftness which doesn’t seem to quite pay off as far as a satisfying Film Noir plot ending is concerned but then with some neat meta-meta narrative and some easy ‘Bobby Ewing’ plot reset everything reaches a satisfying end...The narrative might be familiar, the plot might not always land well, but the hour spent in the ridiculous and collaborative presence of Butt Kapinski has been one of the highlights of my festival so far.” Full Review

Broadway Baby

for a previous production “An interactive comedy show about a detective...It should be emphasized just how strong a performer Fleyscher is...One of the finest physical comedians...’Butt Kapinski’ is a technical marvel, endlessly imaginative and one of the most inventive and interesting experiences at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe...The shows is made up almost entirely of these improvised moments and they vary greatly in quality depending on the confidence and clarity of the audience member approached.” Full Review

The List

for a previous production “This is immersive theatre at its best, where the show's success very much depends on the whims of its audience, who at any point could derail the whole plot. But Fleysher's true strength lies in her ability to manipulate any scenario to its rightful conclusion, even if facts get muddled along the way. A fully realized character and a ludicrous and occasionally racy storyline make this an excellent piece of theatrical comedy.” Full Review

The Guardian (UK)

for a previous production “An interactive golden-age detective movie is created on stage with Fleysher’s alter-ego Kapinski leaning heavily on the audience for laughs...We’re invited to notice how we take these archetypes, particularly gender ones, for granted...We never quite get the satisfying noir narrative that the show promises...But this remains a playful and atmospheric fringe curio, a light-touch role-play for anyone who likes their dicks private and their femmes fatales.” Full Review

Absorbing, Clever, Delightful, Great acting, Hilarious

See it if You appreciate immersive theatre without getting heckled in any way. See someone really hilarious and clever put on a twisted show!

Don't see it if Your sense of humor doesn’t let you laugh at stuff that’s a bit ridiculous and disgusting at times.

Also This was such a great night! I felt really inspired seeing such a twis... Read more Read less

Hilarious, Intelligent, Masterful, Clever, Exquisite

See it if Film noir by an acknowledged master of audience participation in an adult environment intrigues you. Extremely close bar environment.

Don't see it if Sexually charged atmosphere disturbs you.

Also Full disclosure: I kissed Butt.

High energy, erotic, and energetic

See it if you want to get inside of this talented, wacky, and fast thinking actress. Every night will be different. I went to opening night - superfun

Don't see it if you don't like improv, in a tight space, or a cabaret atmosphere.

Hilarious, Clever, Ambitious, Quirky, Original

See it if You want to see a truly original piece of work that’s fun, funny and quick. A lot depends on the audience but the Star was super talented.

Don't see it if You don’t like improv or immersive theatre.

Clever, Delightful, Funny, Masterful

See it if you love a communal experience, with a masterful performer toying with pliant audience members to create a hilarious evening.

Don't see it if you'd rather keep a safe distance from performers. You're looking for a more conventional theater experience.

Speechily impedified, Vewy noir-wy, Audience accosting pewfected, Pewfect pewsonification of a dick, Fearfuwwy entertwaining

See it if want 2 die repeatwedly with laughtwer, desire high octane improv with twist of noirnwess, experience lovechild of noir, improv & clowning

Don't see it if fear overhead lights, want 2 hide in the noirness, don't want 2 participate, are claustrophobic, want 2 B left alone, don't want 2 laugh

Entertaining, Hilarious, Clever, Quirky, Raunchy

See it if You want an improv-inspired spoof of film noir in a small, immersive setting. You're not afraid of being part of the performance.

Don't see it if You don't want to be part of the performance: no seat is safe. You hate parody and/or improv. You're uncomfortable w/raunchy content.

Ambitious, Entertaining, Funny, Quirky, Refreshing

See it if you like noir, comedy, improv, audience interaction, and unique fun experiences.

Don't see it if you don't like racy, sexual, provocative, and thoughtful comedy. or if you don't like audience participation.

Also one of the best comedy shows ever! a true performer artist. did a real... Read more Read less

Clever, Ambitious, Funny, Great acting

See it if if you want a unique experience, you like audience participation, you're looking for a laugh

Don't see it if you need a lot of bells and whistles, you don't have the patience for watching people try to be in the show

Hilarious, Quirky, Raunchy, Interactive one woman show

See it if You want to laugh and you have an off-kilter sense of humor. It’s halfway between a stand up comedy act and a one woman show.

Don't see it if You are looking for an actual play, with a plot. If you don’t like audience participation. You can count on being part of the performance.

Also Deanna Fleysher is a talented actress and comedian. It’s a thrill to w... Read more Read less

Entertaining, Funny

See it if Comedic one woman show with audience participation. Audience seemed to enjoy it. I had a few laughs.

Don't see it if Extremely small venue. Was packed. Its a bar.

Ambitious, Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Quirky

See it if You enjoy audience participation, and watching a super talent character actor.

Don't see it if You are looking for a super complicated film noir mystery. This is a fun, engaging show. You need to have fun with it too.

Fringe-show tagging absolutely recommended, Extremely intimate bar-setting / fun ridiculous nite, Strong improv (dependent on audience participation), Clever / original / different / hilarious / immersive, Quirky edgy raunchy & most definitely adults-only

See it if you'd enjoy being coerced (in your seat) into participating in a "scripted", off-the-cuff, very witty, no-holds-barred, 1+hr improv journey.

Don't see it if you're not into immersive or participatory theater of any kind. Seemed remarkably easy for some, while uncomfortably forced for others.

Also Be not afraid. It's a journey WELL-worth taking.... Read more Read less

Entertaining, Disappointing, Refreshing

See it if You are intrigued by a very interactive one woman comedic show. Half improv, half scripted appeals to you.

Don't see it if You don’t want to be part of the show. I think every single audience member participated somehow. The humor is very black.

Also Ms. Fleysher has a very original concept (with a creative use of a des... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Clever, Funny, Edgy, Resonant

See it if You like different shows with sultry and funny humor

Don't see it if You are easily made uncomfortable. I was asked to play a pedophille.

Delightful, Ambitious, Entertaining, Hilarious, Quirky

See it if You like funny shows that occasionally rely on the audience being willing to participate in shenanigans.

Don't see it if You don't like to participate, everything has to make sense, you can't let go and just have fun

Silly, Quirky, Mildly amusing, Interactive/improv

See it if you like off-beat improvisational, cabaret-style performance art and want to be part of the show

Don't see it if you don't like audience participation, because there will be no escaping this

Also The audience was pretty much all 20-somethings in groups who were havi... Read more Read less

Clever, Hilarious, Entertaining, Raunchy, Great acting

See it if you like improv, parodies and aren't afraid to get (slightly) involved

Don't see it if you don't have a dirty sense of humor and can't stand the thought of being involved

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