Orlando Fringe Festival
Loch Haven Park, Orlando, FL
This venue looks like its violating fire codes – instead of putting all the chairs in neat rows in the Blue Venue they are spread everywhere making movement a struggle. Kapinski is a hard-boiled detective with her own portable interrogation light, and she needs it in this dark, dark place called “Fringeytown.” The story is what you’d expect: murder and suspects, double crosses and red herrings, but most of the show is acted by a fully engaged audience. Some people play victims, some cops. A woman with scat skills gets drafted to hum theme music, I played a battered wife but I had to batter myself. Kapinski generates peals of laughter and there’s that rare chemistry between audience and actor wherein we end up doing most of the heavy comedy lifting. She ends the show with a surprise NC-17 ending; none of us saw that one coming. Grab a chair, take a role: none of them are embarrassing and we all pull together in this show.
This show was part of the 2015 Orlando Fringe Festival. Information on tickets and times may be found at www.OrlandoFringe.org.