The Eternal "Triangle"
To the Editors of The Crimson:
The communication in the Crimson on the subject of a Harvard Triangle Club, the desirability of having one, the objections to having one, and the means of having one, fails to accomplish more than to open the question for debate. The proposal seems to consist of the amalgamation of the best features of the Hasty Pudding and Pi Eta shows into one grand hilarious musical revue, which shall be representative of Harvard's best. But why stop Here? We might include the 47 Workshop--for a triangle certainluy needs a third side--to lend a sort of "high-brow" atmosphere to the under-taking. And the services of the Glee Club should be enlished for the mean's chorus, and the Radcliffe Choral Society could be called on for the chorus and ballet girls. From this it is but a short step to the alliance of Radcliffe and Harvard, and the establishment of light housekeeping apeartments in Hollies.
Seriously, if we are to have a "Harvard Triangle Club", why must it be a compromise? Instead of having two rival shows under the auspices of the Hasty Pudding Club and the Pi Eta Society as we now have, why not let the offorts of the entire college be put to work on one production, which shall not be a combination of the good features of two shows, but an entirely distinct production, managed by neither of the two clubs, but by the University, and open to all students under competition? Then let the two clubs give productions of their own some time later in the year, say at commencement, as was formerly the custom. If there must be a Harvard play, surely this would be a better solution of the problem than the one proposed.
But after all, need we changed the present system? The two clubs have at present friendly relations of competitive cooperation, and both are satisfied. The public is pleased with both shows as they are now, and according to A. H. Woods, to "give the public what it wants" is the highest ideal of the theatrical art. FERRY B. ALLEN '23.
April 14, 1921.