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'Drunks' pushes all bounds with nudity, sex, drugs, homosexuality, to name a few

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"Drunks"

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Sit back and watch Pete Bakely’s newest entry into the Kansas City Fringe Festival, “Drunks,” speaks aloud to explore the most extreme humorous characters and situation in the presentation. Bakely, known for his comedic talent and way to push every boundary, serves up exactly what is expected with “Drunks.”

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“Don, a screenwriter along with Cindy and Matt, film actors are left by producer Kensie in a remote motel room to finish a film script. They all decide to have a few drinks to loosen up. The next morning Kensie returns to find one covered in blood, one taped to a chair and the third missing. They now need to piece together the events of the previous night, playwright Pete Bakely, said of the piece.

The show guarantees to include almost everything that could offend almost anybody at some point. Alcohol and drugs flow freely; a can threaten safety; outlandish characters offer a variety of sexually explicit innuendos and actions; and that’s just the start.

The four talented actors in the play play know he’s pushed every character to the extreme in order to bring the audience into fits of uncontrollable laughter. “Drunks”continues his string of uncanny, with uncanny characters, in uncanny situations.

Each and every actor in this piece dials up their most bizarre character development to find the extreme. Matt Leonard is hilarious as successful, empty-headed actor filled with fear self-doubt and a need for acceptance. Laura Jacobs works well as a comedic actress hell-bent on changing her image to extend her career and get serious roles. Kelsie Kallenberger is the harried producer who needs both actors and playwright to finalize a script over the weekend so filming can begin on Monday. Curtis Smith succumbs to the whims of the two actors only to awaken from an overnight tryst to find hiself coverd with caked-on blood–and no recollection of how it hapened.

All the above add to the madness of the piece that runs just short of 90 minutes with intermission. Be ready to laugh out loud–frequently. Be ready to gasp as the situations go from bad to worse–and more humorous at each moment.

Cast: Kensie, Kelsey M. Kallenberger; Don, Curtis Smith; Cindy, Laura Jacobs; Matt, Matt Leonard. Bryan Moses directed the Pete Bakely piece.

Showtimes: Saturday, July 19, Midnight, Sunday, July 20 at 1:30 p.m.; Sunday, July, 20 at 9 p.m.; Wednesday, July 23, at 9 p.m.; Saturday, July 26, at 10:30 p.m. Warning: contains adult situations, adult language, smoking, substance abuse and nudity. 18+ only.

Tickets: www.kc-fringe.ticketleap.com/drunks/

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