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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 (NYC): ‘Liliom’

Gerrard Lobo as Liliom and Morgan DeTogne as Julie in Beautiful Soup's 'Liliom'

The century-old play that inspired 'Carousel' gets a reverent New York revival, the first in decades. Read More »

Theater Review (NYC): ‘Richard III’ at the Secret Theatre

Photo by Emily Lambert

A scathing production set in the London punk rock scene. Read More »

Days of Sicily, Knights of Malta – Part 1

View from Villa Cefala

Travels in the north and west of Sicily: Segesta, Trapani, and a beautiful agriturismo. Read More »

Concert Review: The Gloriosa Trio (NYC, 5/5/2014)

(L-R) Arnold Choi, Jennifer Carsillo, Yoonie Han, and concert host Damon Horowitz

A "dance" theme encompassed music of Piazzolla, Joaquín Turina, and Beethoven. Read More »

Concert Review: From Ghetto to Palazzo: The Worlds of Salomone Rossi (NYC, 1/26/14)


Rossi was so talented a composer and such a favorite of the Duke of Mantua that he was excused from wearing the yellow marker other Jews were forced to wear in public. Read More »

Theater Review (NYC): ‘The Clearing’ by Jake Jeppson

Brian P. Murphy (Chris Ellis) and Allison Daugherty (Ella Ellis, mother of Chris Ellis) in The Clearing. Photo by Hunter Canning.

It's an intriguing tale of a tangled web of family love and trauma, but structural and creative problems keep it from achieving its potential. Read More »

Music Review: Will Kimbrough – ‘Sideshow Love’


Kimbrough aptly likens his new solo disc to a book of short stories tracing an arc of love from freshness and hope to disappointment and loss. Read More »

Theater Review (NYC): RadioTheatre’s ‘Ghosts of Christmas Past’ by Dan Bianchi

Frank Zilinyi

A set of Christmas ghost stories evokes the golden age of radio drama. Read More »

Legends and Up-and-Comers Go Direct to Vinyl on ‘The 78 Project: Volume 1′


Artists including Rosanne Cash, Richard Thompson, and Loudon Wainwright III record direct to 78rpm acetate discs in a living-history project. Read More »

Concert Review: Pianist Alain Lefèvre and the Orchestra of St. Luke’s at Carnegie Hall, 12/10/2013

Pianist Alain Lefèvre. Photo © Caroline Bergeron

The Canadian pianist champions the music of André Mathieu, a child-prodigy Québécois composer who was until recently mostly forgotten. Read More »