- Arusa Qureshi
- 11 August 2017
This article is from 2017.
Ludicrous, racy and entertaining immersive comedy at its finest
Straight out of the seedy depths of a dark and downbeat film noir, private eye Butt Kapinski has a murder mystery on his hands. Recruiting a slew of characters plucked from the audience, including a surly Irish policeman and a prostitute called Lola, he sets about cracking the case.
The alter-ego of US performer Deanna Fleysher, Butt is the epitome and parody of old-school Hollywood detectives, shrouded in over-the-top hyper-masculinity and world-weary cynicism. With hurried and exaggerated movements and an almost undecipherable speech impediment, Kapinski is an incredibly entertaining, if bizarre, creation. The room is arranged in a way that Fleysher can weave easily in and out of the gaps between people's chairs. She uses this to full effect, with Kapinski's built-in street lamp illuminating the reluctant faces of would-be participants (and suspects) with an accusatory glare.
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 realised character and a ludicrous and occasionally racy storyline make this an excellent piece of theatrical comedy.
Pleasance Dome, until 27 Aug (not 14, 21), 8.10pm, £8–£10 (£7–£9).