The 1970-71 Triangle Club show, Cracked Ice, featured a 40-member cast and a range of material, from Laugh-In-style one-liners to 20-minute theatrical pieces. (PAW Archives)
[caption id="attachment_9969" align="alignright" width="300"] A scene from the 1969 Triangle show, Call a Spade a Shovel. (PAW Archives)[/caption]
Since the late 1800s, student members of the Princeton Triangle Club have written, produced, and performed full-scale musical comedies that riff on topics specific to the campus as well as those of society at large. But the showsâ humor hasnât always gone over well with audiences: The political satire of its 1969 show, Call a Spade a Shovel, caused many alumni to walk out âwith clenched fists and gritted teethâ during the groupâs 13-city December tour, PAW reported.
The next year, Triangle cancelled its tour and created a spring show that shifted the focus from campus activism and national political movements to something a little lighter. Titled Cracked Ice, the show aimed to be âan entertaining story with a moral â not a sermon or a demand,â according to Triangle president J. William Metzger â71, who previewed the groupâs Reunions performances in a story for PAW.
What might this yearâs show entail? Find out when An Inconvenient Sleuth opens Nov. 14 at McCarter Theatre. The show will run through Nov. 16, with January intercession touring dates to be announced.