'PURPLE SHORTS': Theatre Review by Shalu Mehta
Let me preface this review by saying The Wave is an ideal venue for an event like this. For those of you that don’t know what Purple Shorts is, it is a one-act play festival featuring six student-written, student-directed plays over the course of two nights. The Wave, being a popular campus restaurant as is, has an atmosphere that caters to comedies like the ones I saw Monday night with its casual setting, alcoholic beverages at the ready (for those of legal drinking age) and a welcoming feel as soon as you walked into the venue. The plays I had the opportunity to see were: Breaking and Entering my Heart, Rosenwood Alcoholics Support Group, and Simon the Brave. I have to say, each play had the audience—including myself—howling with laughter regardless of the fact that I don’t normally enjoy the crude humour that was displayed in most of them.
Patrick Callegaro hosted the show, opening with a fabulous catwalk onto the stage, dressed in drag, and rocking a pair of heels that I couldn’t even walk in if I tried. Going by the stage name “Patrice”, he exuded sass and self-confidence as he interacted with audience members. His routine was a good warm-up, preparing the audience for the outrageous humour to come in the following three plays. Reaching out to the audience immediately was key to fully immersing us into the setting and performances.
Breaking and Entering my Heart, written and directed by Jake Pelling had a smart script that was vulgar in the best way possible. It featured a typical college-boy, bachelor setting that we can all relate to with the two main characters (played by Dan Sleno and Nik Buchowski) struggling to make ends meet. Taking place during an “attempted” robbery, they fall in love with the woman they believe is the homeowner (played by Ryley Alp). All of the actors did a fantastic job using their bodies to emphasize the humour of the scenes, looking absolutely outrageous as they did so. At one point, they even utilised condom humour that was so ridiculous you couldn’t help but laugh. Regardless of Ryley being locked up to a chair for most of the play, her facial expressions made up for her lack of movement, making her character seem bigger than the tiny space she