'PURPLE SHORTS, NIGHT TWO': Theatre Review by Maryam Golafshani
From the moment I reached the University Community Center’s second floor, I could already feel the excited atmosphere that Purple Shorts (Theatre Western’s one-act student-written play festival) always incites, which only increased as I finally entered the crowds of students mingling enthusiastically in The Wave. The mix of light laughter and intense conversations seemed to foreshadow the mix of comedy and drama that would soon be presented on stage, in contrast to the first night, which exclusively featured comedies. The second night of Purple Shorts took the audience from the peaks of happiness to the depths of sorrow with the plays Hard Rocks, Happiness Only Real, and That’s a Wrap. Patrick Callegaro—or “Patrice” on stage—hosted the show once again by interjecting the right amount of humour to balance his informative introductions.
The night started on a light note with Hard Rocks, written by Hannes Filler and directed by Michael Blair. The audience was immediately introduced to a couple (played by Tyler Boulanger and Morgane Lashkari) who own a sex shop, clearly setting the audience up for a night of laughter over crude, sex-related jokes. While there wasn’t much character development, the story line did hinge on a hilariously insightful thought: when the Vatican decided to “censor” Italian sculptures with fig leaves, they must have taken the penises off and kept them in storage…right? After a buyer (played by Iara Gonzales) approaches the couple about this, they fly off to Italy with their assistant (played by Alexx Colakovic) to find these long lost marble penises. The play transitioned between scenes exceptionally well by using hilariously sarcastic audio clips, most notably an entertaining reworking of the boring safety instructions you receive on an airplane. Filler’s masterful use of language was exemplified throughout the play with witty jokes and puns, while the actors’ overly animated gestures and voices embodied the sarcastic tone of the play.
However, the audience’s laughter quickly d