'Certified Lunatic' Kubinek comes to BCC tonight

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By Laura Lewis, Reporter

He’s renowned as a “Certified Lunatic and Master of the Impossible,” and he’s coming to Brunswick County.

Tomas Kubinek’s one-man show has been described in many ways, from “physical poet, verbal acrobat” and “needless risk-taker” to “professor of fantastically useless inventions” and “arduous advocate of the commonplace miracle.”

But probably the best way to take in the Kubinek experience is to see him for yourself.

You can so this Thursday, Jan. 17, when Kubinek brings a repeat performance of his “comic brilliance, virtuosic vaudeville and irresistible charm” to the stage of Odell Williamson Auditorium at Brunswick Community College.

Doors open at 7 p.m., and the show starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available online or at the auditorium box office.

Auditorium manager Mike Sapp said Kubinek first performed at Brunswick Community College eight or nine years ago.

“He is spell-binding,” Sapp said.

Though he doesn’t normally get to see the shows for which he does behind-the-scenes work, Sapp said he got to see Kubinek when he was here last time.

“I came out from backstage, walked out front and stood and watched him,” he recalled. “The minute I sat down in one of the seats, I never got up again.”

Kubinek has been performing for decades, including a stint on Broadway.

Born in Prague, at age 3 Tomás Kubínek (toh-mawsh koo-bee-neck) was smuggled out of Czechoslovakia by his parents to escape the 1968 Soviet invasion.

The family was granted asylum in Canada, where Kubinek saw and was heavily influenced by his first circus. He started performing at age 9, and by age 13 had his own agent.

He has studied with some of the world’s greatest theatric teachers, leading to his own award-winning solo shows.

“He’s really amazing,” Sapp said. “He really is kind of a cross between a mime and a clown, but it’s a thinking man’s clown. It’s the intensity and interaction that he brings. It’s comedy that draws you and is just totally intense the whole time.”

And it’s a show that’s a don’t-miss for anyone who’s able to come and see it.

Tickets are $27 adults; $25 seniors 65-plus and students; $10 children 12 and younger.

For tickets, log onto the auditorium website at www.bccowa.com or call the box office at 755-7416 or 1-800-754-1050 ext. 7416.