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    Letters to the Arts Editor

    Ben Brady, an instructor for Harvard’s Library Test Kitchen course.
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    Ben Brady, an instructor for Harvard’s Library Test Kitchen course.

    The Library Test Kitchen experiment

    I just wanted to thank you for your gem of an article (“Harvard puts a new kind of library to the test,” SundayArts, June 16, Anne Gray Fischer). As a lifelong bibliophile, one who laments the loss of wonderful old volumes as conventional libraries atrophy and disappear, I found your report encouraging and uplifting. And I can appreciate the remarkable amount of work that went into this project. Your article is the sort of gem that makes it worth remaining a digital subscriber to the Globe even after I’ve moved far from the Boston area.


    Richmond, Va.

    ImprovBoston laments
    a loss at the top

    Re: “Zach Ward leaving ImprovBoston” (Metro, June 6): This January, I became the artistic director of ImprovBoston, marking the first full-time artistic directorship in ImprovBoston’s 30-year history. My very position is one of the near-countless improvements to our remarkable nonprofit organization made possible under the brilliant leadership of Mr. Ward.


    In two short years, Zach Ward placed ImprovBoston on solid financial ground, brought thousands of new audience members into the theater (increasing attendance by north of 40 percent), tripled the number of active performers offered stage time at the theater, dramatically improved our resources both onstage and off . . . and all with the higher purpose of serving our mission: to foster a community of performers and audiences through the gift of laughter.

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    I wish I could convince my partner-in-comedy not to leave us in September. Believe me, I’ve tried every persuasion tactic I know. ImprovBoston is so much the better having experienced the boundless talents, passionately skilled management, and contagious creative energy of Mr. Ward. While his decision to move on is all too real, we will continue to support Zach because he will continue to support us — and that’s what improv is all about.


    Artistic director, ImprovBoston


    As the acting managing director before Zach came on board, I can tell you personally that Zach literally saved our nonprofit theater. If it weren’t for Zach’s dedication, know-how, and hard work, ImprovBoston would not exist today. Under Zach’s direction the theater turned its finances around, expanded our community, and allowed us to have more shows and classes than ever before. He put his efforts behind expanding our outreach and backed social programs like the theater’s anti-bullying work. I have never seen a man more dedicated to this community and more dedicated to the art of comedy.

    We at ImprovBoston wish Zach well and understand his desire to return home to North Carolina. Many tears were shed by our community at our last town hall meeting when he announced his decision. This is a huge loss for our community.


    Zach is a rare blend of talented artist and gifted arts manager. We will miss his passion, his talent, and his laughter.




    Yes to trailers. But as for the rest . . .

    Re: “Debate is rolling on movie trailers” (Main, June 8, Benjamin Soloway): I don’t mind the trailers, in fact enjoy them, but I wish there was not always music playing when people are talking, making the dialogue impossible to hear, especially for the hearing impaired. The music often is not relevant to the plot, and sometimes there is even singing — it is so frustrating to have to strain to understand the words spoken that I may have to stop going to the theater and watch on TV with closed captioning.



    It’s not the trailers that I mind.


    It’s the ads.

    PSA’s are one thing, but to charge up to $9 or $10 in a metropolitan area and still subject moviegoers to mindless ads for cars and furniture is the ultimate act of arrogance.


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    I like the trailers, and often one will encourage me to see the film. That said, I HATE that so many of the trailers give away so much of the plot and the best lines. Save us a little something new for the actual movie, OK? As for ads, I have nothing but contempt for them. We pay to get in to see the movie, but we’re also paying to watch these damned ads. A travesty!


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