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Jon Sobel is an Executive Editor of Blogcritics as well as lead editor of the Culture & Society section. As a writer he contributes most often to Culture, where he reviews NYC theater; he also covers interesting music releases. Through Oren Hope Marketing and Copywriting at you can hire him to write or edit whatever marketing or journalistic materials your heart desires. Jon also writes the blog Park Odyssey at where he visits every park in New York City. And by night he's a part-time working musician: lead singer, songwriter, and bass player for Whisperado, a member of other bands as well, and a sideman.

Theater Review (Broadway): ‘Holler If Ya Hear Me’ Based on Lyrics by Tupac Shakur

Holler If Ya Hear Me

Theatrical spectacle can derive both its meaning and its power from any number of forms of expression. But no one had tried using pure rap on a Broadway scale before. Read More »

Theater Review (NYC): ‘Power Plays’ – Short Plays by Neil LaBute, John Guare, David Henry Hwang, Bekah Brunstetter, and Bruce Graham

Power Plays

This collection of short plays by five playwrights offers something of a master class in the many styles of contemporary writing for the stage. Read More »

Opera Review (NYC): Aaron Copland’s ‘The Tender Land’ at the Chelsea Opera

Leonarda Priore (Ma Moss) in Chelsea Opera's 'The Tender Land' by Aaron Copland, Photo Credit: Robert J. Saferstein

Copland Dust Bowl "folk opera" still feels fresh and interesting on its 60th anniversary in this impressive production from Chelsea Opera. Read More »

Bland Tony Awards Telecast a Limp Plug for Broadway


Broadway razzle-dazzle is alive and kicking, but would these production numbers, in and of themselves, have made me want to see the shows? Mostly not. Read More »

Pop Stars and Broadway: Lauper Wins, Sting Sings, Gloria Estefan Waits in the Wings


When pop stars get the Broadway bug, results are mixed. But results are going to be mixed no matter what, so why not? Read More »

Win a Copy of the ‘Bullets Over Broadway’ Original Cast Album

Bullets Over Broadway leading ladies

With the Tony Awards approaching faster than a speeding bullet, we've got a copy to give away of the original cast recording of the Woody Allen musical nominated for six Tonys. Read More »

Theater Review (NYC): ‘A Serious Banquet’ by This Is Not A Theatre Company

a serious banquet by this is not a theatre company

The crème de la crème of the Paris avant-garde of a century ago mingle with dinner guests, converse about art, and serve dinner in this high-spirited exercise in immersive theater. Read More »

Music Review: Asylum Street Spankers – ‘The Last Laugh’

Asylum Street Spankers - The Last Laugh

The final release by the long-running Texas all-acoustic band features live performances from their final shows of songs they'd never released. Read More »

Theater Review (NYC): ‘The Essential Straight & Narrow’ by The Mad Ones

The Mad Ones’ World Premiere of The Essential Straight & Narrow

The innovative troupe's new production pulses with the warm life, twisted and difficult just like real life, that it's so rewarding to see on stage. Read More »

Days of Sicily, Knights of Malta – Part 9 and Conclusion: Malta and Gozo

Valletta, Malta

Roman, medieval and World War II history mingle on the fascinating islands of Malta and Gozo. Read More »