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Opening its second season in the College Union Theatre and its twenty-sixth continuous season in production, the Masque brings to the La Salle Stage Tiger at the Gates, Christopher Fry's monumental translation of Jean Giraudoux's La Guerre de Troie n'aura pas lieu -- indeed by the work's scope a milestone in the history of drama at La Salle. A brilliant and bitter comedy set in an ancient Troy ripe for betrayal and destruction, Tiger at the Gates is the saga of a man's lonely struggle for peace, in the face of jingoistic sentiment and mob hysteria in his city-state. However, Giraudoux depends greatly upon allusion as a comic device, and much in Tiger at the Gates will be lost to those in the audience who do not know their Homer.
The muse of drama waxed musical on our stage last season as the Masque's Silver Anniversary produced two tuneshows, Guys and Dolls and Leave It to Jane, but long-time La Salle playgoers will recall the string of successful straight plays offered them in the past: Detective Story, The Caine Mutiny Court Martial, The Potting Shed, and comedies Boy Meets Girl, Shaw's The Devil's Disciple, Thurber's The Male Animal, and Christopher Fry's own blank-versed The Lady's Not for Burning.
Veteran Masque patrons, we feel confident, will find in our production of Tiger at the Gates that high degree of theatrical polish and dramatic interpretiveness which has characterized so many of our past performances. Those for whom this comedy will serve as a first encounter with the Masque will- return, we feel equally certain, as regular patrons of the future . We cordially invite our patrons to attend the Masque's next presentation, on as-yet-unnamed play, in February.
Theatre and Performance Studies
La Salle College, "Tiger at the Gates" (1960). The Masque Programs. 86.