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Richard S. Beck

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'Space Between' Is Visual Success

Here is what J. Robert Oppenheimer (Simon J. Williams ’09) says when he hears the death toll at Hiroshima: “Some

'Assassins' Rocks the Relevance

A few Tuesdays ago, a little after 11 at night, a bottle of champagne was making the rounds. Everyone was

By Its Cover

THE WAY OF THE WORLD: A STORY OF TRUTH AND HOPE IN AN AGE OF EXTREMISM by Ron Suskind New

‘Sweeney Todd’ A Sadistic Pleasure

“Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street”—Stephen Sondheim’s big, bloody masterpiece of a musical—thrashes around on the stage with

Putting MTV in the MFA

When I was in middle school, there was a television station called “The Box.” A kind of mass-scale precursor to

‘Shahrazad’ Worth More Than a Thousand Words

It’s usually a good rule of thumb that multi-part stories should get out while the getting’s good. Consider the ugly

FOR THE RECORD: The Dismemberment Plan

“Emergency & I,” the fourth album by Washington, D.C., quartet the Dismemberment Plan, is my favorite high school record. I

Torpor Clouds a Strong ‘Tempest’

Shakespeare is so pervasive, so entrenched in Western cultural life, that his plays can sometimes be overzealously adopted by directors

‘Metamorphoses’ Makes a Splash

“You see this pool? It cost a pretty penny, I can tell you.” Yes indeed, King Midas. I do see

POPSCREEN GOES TO WAR

So much crazy beef, you guys! The recent sales war between oft-whiny pop star Kanye West and frowny-faced 50 Cent

ARTSMONDAY: ‘Ask Me Anything’ a Fun, Lighthearted Frosh Musical

In Annenberg, there’s always the one guy who eats well. While the rest of the freshman class cowers before the

ARTSMONDAY: ‘Utopia’ Is a Near-Perfect Production

Some plays are obscure for obvious reasons; with others, the fact that they’re not more well-known seems outrageously unfair once

ARTSMONDAY: 'Bright Lights' Ultimately Heartwarming

About a third of the way into “Bright Lights, Big City,” a musical based on the 1984 era-defining novel by

Trio Talk Sudanese Voices

Hearing Valentino Achak Deng speak at Memorial Church on Monday night would have been an uncanny experience for those who

'Commandments' An Uneasy Success

The members of the Hasty Pudding Theatrical Society are bullies. They want your laughs. They want your money. They want

Data Sculpture
Visual Arts

Painting by the Numbers: Data Visualization

School at School
Columns

What We Forget About School: School

Head of the Charles
Men's Crew

Head of the Charles 2014

Understanding Faith
Columns

Understanding Faith