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After four years of being an active member of the MIT theater community, I can’t help but notice that the Arts section’s coverage of campus theatrical productions has nosedived over the last several terms.

When I first came to MIT, a majority of the plays and musicals on campus received reviews, often providing much-needed publicity for second-weekend performances. This year, however, The Tech seems to have decided that running a page of photos with vague captions is an adequate substitute for saying something substantial about a show. In particular, MTG’s High Society and every Dramashop and Community Players show this year have gone unreviewed. I suspect from today’s Antony and Cleopatra photo spread that this show will be the next journalistic casualty.

On the other hand, The Tech recently ran an extensive review of Flower Drum Song, a Broadway production that is not easily accessible to MIT students. In the future, I urge The Tech’s arts reviewers to think a little less about shows that are 200 miles away, and to put a little more effort into making the two-minute walk from the Tech office to Kresge.

Dan Katz ’03