The McGill comedy troupe Bring Your Own Juice performed to a full house on the evenings of Dec. 1–3. The student-written show, divided into over a dozen one-shot narratives, featured all 10 members of the group. It was produced by Anika Hundal, U4 arts, alongside head writer Luc Langille, U3 Arts, and social media coordinator Maya Dagher, U3 Science.
With a run time of a little under two hours, the cast delivered 17 delightfully facetious sketches about the ridiculous moments that occur in media and in real life. The ensemble adjusted costumes and props in the short moments between scenes, constantly re-emerging as entirely new characters. The merry-go-round of roles and locations crossed genre boundaries, dipping its toes into film noir, family dramas, and even commercials. Each scene was unpredictable, with some interwoven narratives in the second act.
The Bring Your Own Juice crew deployed several enthralling theatrical tools to nail their punchlines. In the second sketch, the character played by actor Jonah Border, U3 Arts, denies his sexual interest in rats while caressing a photo of one on the notice board. The character’s career as a rat exterminator makes his preference all the better. Daniel Korsunsky, U4 Arts and Science, plays a doctor who travels into the Alice-in-wonderland-esque realm of his patients’ rectum—a world where, interestingly enough, he discovers gerbils and a dying prostate.
Another highlight was the show’s experimentation with sound as a device for humour. One sketch assigns an inner voice, coming from an offstage source, to a toothbrush that is being used and abused by actor Emilia Fowler. Later, two children, played by actors Christal Ouyang, U3 Arts, and Korsunsky, hear an increasingly sensual, chaotic, and eventually outright absurd mix of sounds coming from the offstage living room where their parents are engaging in, presumably, R-rated activities.
All of the actors are incredibly dynamic in their movements. This effect is best exemplified in the hilarious gag of a choreographed bank robbery dance scene, which brought roars of laughter from the audience. Witnessing the robbery unfold on stage while the characters danced through their emotions of fright and distress was comically startling.
The grand finale was a tale of knightly adventure, delivered in Shakespearean-like phrases with modern lingo tossed in. Actors Mason Persaud and Charles Sterling Atkinson, U1 and U3 Arts respectively, play soldiers in search of attractive women who eventually turn to each other for love; a wholesome conclusion that was the epitome of an already joyful performance.