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Zachary J. Lech

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‘Jekyll & Hyde’ Preview: Seductive, Thrilling, Complex

The team behind "Jekyll and Hyde" aims to present a nuanced take on the show, venturing beyond the figures of Jekyll and Hyde, embracing character depth, and giving justice to the musical’s technical complexity.

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Case for Best Picture: 'All Quiet on the Western Front'

To say that “All Quiet on the Western Front” is an anti-war film would do it a disservice. It is a war film in the fullest sense of the word.

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‘The Merry Widow’ Preview: ‘A Big Party’ for Harvard College Opera’s 30th Anniversary

Between the music, choreography, and singing, the audiences might have a hard time deciding what their favorite parts were.

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Arts Vanity: Level-up Your Charcuterie Board With These Eight Must-Haves

Have you already mastered charcuterie board making? Do you want to wow your friends and family this holiday season?

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‘Queen of Magic’ Preview: Original Musical Explores the Price of Female Success

“Queen of Magic,” an original musical premiering on Dec. 1 and running through Dec. 3 at the Loeb Ex, tells the story of vaudeville performer Adelaide Herrmann and her niece-slash-assistant Adele.

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‘ISCARIOT’ Preview: A Heretical, Gay, Thoughtful Musical

The Hollywood Hills are not what comes to mind upon hearing the word “Iscariot.” But that’s exactly where “ISCARIOT” — an unconventional spin on the biblical narrative of Jesus and Judas — takes its audience.

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‘The Effect’ Preview: ‘Love, Drugs, and Ethics’

“The Effect,” running Nov. 10 through Nov. 13 at the Loeb Ex, follows two volunteers in a clinical trial who fall in love. It aims for realism and an immersive, thought-provoking experience.


‘Iolanthe’ Preview: Gilbert and Sullivan's Latest is ‘Beautiful and Sensitive, Yet Hilarious’

"Iolanthe" mixes love with a critique of Victorian Britain to the tune of a 25 instrument orchestra, and runs Nov. 10 through Nov. 13 at the Agassiz Theater.

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Kirkland Drama Society Brings Hocodysseus Home in 'Quadyssey'

On Oct. 21, the Kirkland Drama Society staged its production of "The Quadyssey," the epic tale of Hocodysseus' return to Ithakirk from the distant Quad.

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‘Something Rotten’ Preview: Hyperion Breaks with Tradition, Stages a Musical

“It's the most funny show out there. ‘Infectiously happy’ is a nice way to describe it,” said director Samuel F. Dvorak '23.

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‘Fairy Tale’ Review: Stephen King Turns Old Motifs Into a Novel Tale

“Fairy Tale” is more reminiscent of a palimpsest, one that doesn’t simply cover old manuscripts, but skillfully incorporates the visible traces of folk tales and common fable motifs.

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‘If a Picture Never Lies’: A Thesis Sung By a Tenor

A chamber opera is certainly not the first thing that comes to mind when thinking of a senior thesis. But as Harry Sage shows, the two can go hand in hand.

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A Preview of the 94th Academy Awards

On March 27, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will announce the 2022 Oscar winners.

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‘Wolf’ Review: A Perplexing Look at Mental Illness

The film maintains a perpetually serious tone, revealing how its institution is a place of suffering and mental anguish — what the film seeks to achieve within that framing is less clear.

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'The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim:' A 10-Year Retrospective

The richness of Skyrim's world and its story ensure its longevity and continued appeal.