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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.

Theater Review (NYC): ‘Rapture, Blister, Burn’ by Gina Gionfriddo

Amy Brenneman, Kellie Overbey, and Virginia Kull in Rapture, Blister, Burn at Playwrights Horizons. Photo by Carol Rosegg.

Amy Brenneman stars as Playwrights Horizons calls on the deities and demons of feminism, from Freud and Nancy Friday to Phyllis Schlafly. Read More »

Music Review: Various Artists, Piano Concerti at NYCA Winners Evening, NYC, 5/19/2012

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Yoonie Han and two young up-and-comers presented piano concerti from three different eras to a packed house near Lincoln Center. Read More »

Theater/Dance Review: ‘Judge Me Paris’ by Company XIV

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When the darkness works, it really works. Read More »

Theater Review (NYC): neat & tidy by Steven Carl McCasland

A laudable effort from an ambitious young theater company that deserves credit and attention. Read More »

Opera Review (NYC): ‘Travelers: “The Wandering Scholar” and “Savitri”‘ by Gustav Holst

Michael Scarcelle, left, Rufus Müller, and Heather Johnson in "Savitri," presented with "The Wandering Scholar" at 59E59 Theaters.  Photo by Tina Buckman

A trickster theme and Holst's tricky music unite these two mini-operas, whose moods couldn't be more different. Read More »

Obama Endorses Same-Sex Marriage, the Defining Issue of Our Time

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Gay marriage is the defining civil rights issue of our time, and President Obama has put himself on the right side of history. Read More »

Theater Review (NYC): The Queen’s Company’s All-Female ‘As You Like It’

Annie Paul (Celia), Elisabeth Ahrens (Rosalind), and Natalie Lebert (Touchstone). Photo by Bob Pileggi.

This modest production, while splashily costumed and generally well acted, proves disappointingly passionless,. Read More »

Theater Review (NYC): ‘The Caretaker’ by Harold Pinter at BAM

Jonathan Pryce in The Caretaker. Photo by Shane Reid.

Davies, the homeless drifter of Pinter's first major success, is a larger-than-life creation in the best sense of that adjective. Read More »

Theater Review (NYC): ‘Evita’

Elena Roger in "Evita," photo by Richard Termine

Evita remains a triumph of musical theater and this production with its fantastic star is every bit worthy of the hype. Read More »

Indie Round-Up: Treasa Levasseur, Charlie Parr, Brad Brooks

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Canadian powerhouse singer-songwriter Treasa Levasseur continues broadening the soul music tradition into the 21st century with her latest release. Read More »