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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. 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.

Opera Review (NYC): ‘Miranda’

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Drawing on rock, tango, movie-thriller music, Baroque opera, hip-hop, and more, the score of this "steampunk murder mystery" is consistently engaging and exciting. Read More »

Theater Review (NYC): ‘Leo’

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This delightful and original "Best of Edinburgh" anti-gravity show is well worth seeing, even if it overstays its welcome a bit. Read More »

Vice Capades: NYC to Gamble on Temperance

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Less drinking, more gambling? There's no angle from which this makes sense. Read More »

Theater Review (NYC): ‘Samuel & Alasdair: A Personal History of the Robot War’ by The Mad Ones

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Beset by static, power outages, and flaky equipment, a Soviet radio show rattles on as the world outside falls apart. Read More »

Music Review: Emily Hurd – ‘Long Lost Ghosts’

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Each song is a shiny chip off a mysterious compound of intelligent thought and honest feeling. Read More »

New Year’s Eve and the Perpetual Triumph of Magical Thinking

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Let's welcome 2012 – a year in which we hope the world will become a slightly better place, and also, for better and for worse, another year of magical thinking Read More »

More Stuff I Don’t Know

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It's no wonder I often find myself retreating to murder mysteries and Mozart. Read More »

Theater Review (NYC): ‘Krapp’s Last Tape’ by Samuel Beckett, with John Hurt

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Even after more than half a century, Samuel Beckett's extraordinary theatrical innovations retain the power to startle. Read More »

Theater Review (NYC): ‘Neighbourhood Watch’ by Alan Ayckbourn

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In Ayckbourn's 75th play, mild-mannered Martin marshals his neighbors into an increasingly strident and fascistic neighborhood watchdog group. Read More »

Theater Review (NYC): ‘The Cherry Orchard’ at Classic Stage with Dianne Wiest and John Turturro

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Occupy Wall Street protesters evicted from their permanent settlements could do a lot worse than visiting (or re-visiting) Anton Chekhov's class-conscious classic. Read More »