Butt Kapinski

solo performance · kapinski enterprises · Ages 18+ · includes nudity · one person show · United States

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BOB GEBERT certified reviewer · June 25, 2013
Yeah... this one was pretty great! One of the most original pieces of theatre I've ever seen. So funny! And SO engaging. ... full review

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JON ARMSTRONG certified reviewer · June 17, 2013
There is no way I could tell you how much I enjoyed this show. It was a experience I'm so glad I had. Please go see this show!!... full review

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PAULINE ADAMEK · June 18, 2013
*This review first appeared on ArtsBeatLA.com* Hands down the best show I have seen at the Fringe Fest this year. Super funny and astonishingly inventive, Deanna Fleysher has crafted a show that depends so heavily on audience interaction (shudder!) that it's like watching a trapeze artist soar without a net. The audience were all fantastic troupers, mildly improvising and following "Butt's" cues and storyline. The guy tasked with providing live musical cues throughout was a hoot! A brave, raw and accomplished solo performance. I laughed my ass off! Don't miss this show.... full review

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KIRSTEN VANGSNESS certified reviewer · June 18, 2013
Soooooooo inventive. I giggled & marveled at her the entire show. Really weird, brave, hilarious and just wonderful ideas. I went into this show knowing nothing about it and I was compelled to write a review because it was that cool. And she got an organic standing ovation. Take that.... full review

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BOB LEGGETT examiner.com · June 18, 2013
As a lover of her work last year as the director of Red Bastard, I simply HAD to see this show. Deanna is a character, and that character must be experienced to be truly understood. This was a remarkable piece of theater, sort of like a foreign language immersion course. Almost everyone in the audience was drawn into this interaction show, and turned in quite incredible improv performances themselves. Don't miss this limited run - you'll be kicking yourself if you do.... full review

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FEE DOYLE certified reviewer · June 19, 2013
If you enjoy laughing 'til you cry, go see what Butt has to offer. I wish that all mysteries could be solved in such a frank, dirty, and hilarious manner. This show is very inspiring much in the way of Red Bastard from last year's Fringe, and I haven't enjoyed an actor's performance this much since. Talk about selfless! In every moment Deanna was simply and totally in the room with her audience. As private eye Butt Kapinski, she/he explores the audience through questions and with props, eliciting a sometimes very explicit amount of participation. Being a present audience member is vital, and that old "actor-audience exchange" of live performance is heightened. So at the turn, when the case has been cracked, I'm a little more invested ... full review

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ANONYMOUS certified reviewer · June 19, 2013
This show is fan-fucking-tasting. Deanna (Butt) is so great at character work, improv, and reading her audience to create a show that is unique and fun for all. I had a blast and want to see it again!!!... full review

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IAN FEDERGREEN · June 20, 2013
A hilarious and unique theatrical experience. A melodramatic and speech-impeded private eye narrates his own film noir, casting the audience as all other parts- from whores to cops to bodies- along the way. Of course the chink in this plan is that not every audience member is witty and willing, but Deanna (Butt) is quick enough to handle whatever comes her way. I appreciated that she effectively brings the entire crowd together as one theatrical ensemble. Once the culprit is caught, there's an odd little coda that doesn't really seem of a piece with the rest- but no matter. Fringe exists for a show like this. (And there's just one more performance, 6/24, so grab tickets now!) fringeblog.webs.com ... full review

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MICHAEL KASS certified reviewer · June 25, 2013
Hands down the best show I've seen at the Fringe (including my own). Deanna's character work and clowning is seamless, her interaction with and gentle direction of the audience is welcoming and playful, and the whole thing is just fun. For about an hour, she works with the audience to co-create a noir story...then, ultimately, hands it, and her character, over to us as a gift. Amazing stuff--thank you!... full review

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JACQUETTA SZATHMARI certified reviewer · June 25, 2013
Truly no seat is safe--and why should it be? I thoroughly enjoyed this interactive theatre experience in which the audience created, played supporting roles, and finally starred in a film noir created on the spot. Butt is an amazing performer who combines improv and clown to create a unique, visually striking and-if you pay attention-culturally subversive, theatrical experience. I was sad when it was over. ... full review

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