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Author Archives: Jon Sobel

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. He writes the blog Park Odyssey, for which he is visiting and blogging every park in New York City—over a thousand of them. Through Oren Hope Marketing and Copywriting you can hire him to write or edit whatever marketing or journalistic materials your heart desires. By night he's a working musician: lead singer, songwriter, and bass player for Whisperado, a member of other bands as well, and a sideman.

Theater Review (NYC Fringe): ‘The Spider’


Conjoined twins wrestle with the pain of separation in this remarkable play from Bulgaria. Read More »

Movie Review: ‘Europa Report’


A sci-fi suspense movie with unusually realistic chills. Read More »

Book Review: ‘The Spectre of Alexander Wolf’ by Gaito Gazdanov


A reporter who killed a man in his youth falls in love while trying to unravel an impossible mystery in postwar Paris. Read More »

Theater Review (NYC): ‘Omnia Ad Dei Gloriam (Or, Les the Least Straightens the Lord)’


A 1960s comic jazz oratorio by composer Gerald Fried ('Star Trek', 'Roots') gets a brief new life at the New York Musical Theatre Festival. Read More »

Circus Review (NYC): Cirque du Soleil’s ‘Quidam’

Hand Balancing

In a world of digital distraction, a show full of physical and aesthetic wonders reminds us that within each of us still lives an imaginative child anxious to be awed. Read More »

Theater Review (NYC): Harlem Summer Shakespeare’s ‘The Taming of the Shrew’

The amphitheater at Riverbank State Park, NYC

Shakespeare's most culturally outdated play gets a boisterous Caribbean-ized production at the Riverbank State Park amphitheater by the Hudson River. Read More »

Theater Review (NYC): ‘Oliver!’ at Snug Harbor, Staten Island

Harbor Lights Theater Company production of OLIVER!

A polished and energetic "regional theater" revival of Lionel Bart's musical treasure blossoms at the Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanical Gardens. Read More »

Theater/Dance Review (NYC): ‘Alcestis Ascending: A Rock Myth’


A bilingual Cuban/American production presents the Greek myth through vibrant theater and artful, earthy dance. Read More »

Book Review: ‘Shakespeare on Theatre’ Edited by Nick de Somogyi


The first in a series exploring great playwrights' philosophies and attitudes towards theatre is an easy read that offers rewards for anyone who has studied or staged Shakespeare. Read More »

Theater Review (NYC): ‘The Orpheus Variations’


This fascinating live-action video piece takes theater just about as far as it can go from the pre-electricity era. Read More »