The Garden Of Unearthly Delights – Campanile, Tue 23 Feb
“Enjoy the cinematic masterpiece!” exclaims Butt the Private Eye as he runs like mad through the audience, cuing them for their sound effects and lines as he sets up the story for the evening. A lamp protrudes from his back, swinging around as if it has a deranged mind of its own, covering the audience in a film noir filter of shadows and contrast.
Butt Kapinksi is not just your typical hard-boiled detective in the vein of Phillip Marlowe and Sam Spade. As he will tell you, he is the director, cinematographer, scriptwriter, star and fluffer of this film. If you already know what a fluffer is, then you know what kind of show you have in store for you.
Full on audience immersion and interrogation, Butt Kapinski uses the tropes of the film noir genre to create a seemingly traditional murder-mystery, including crooked cops, prostitutes, rough cities and seedy characters. But in an almost post-modernist critique, Butt turns these film noir tropes on their head (“The skyline was like a bunch of white penises!”) to create a film noir you’ve never seen before.
While fans of film history will enjoy the attention to detail, those whose have never seen a film noir before will still have a blast, and may even be inspired to watch some on their own. As for the audience participation factor: this reviewer has never been comfortable with audience participation and is never the first to volunteer when asked. However, as the whole audience is included and everyone is put on the spot, it makes the show even more fun and exciting, and will even make you want to contribute to the story.
Step out of your comfort zone into post-WWII Los Angeles and enjoy the story Butt Kapinski tells. It will be one of the best shows you see at The Fringe this year.
Butt Kapinski continues at The Garden Of Unearthly Delights – Campanile, at various times, until Sun 13 Mar.
Book at FringeTIX on 1300 621 255 or adelaidefringe.com.au. Click HERE to purchase your tickets.
Image courtesy of Mihaela Bodlovic