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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: ‘Songs for the Fallen’ at the New York Musical Theatre Festival

in a scene from 'Songs for the Fallen' at the 2015 New York Musical Theatre Festival. Photo Credit: Al Foote III

Fizzy direction, brutally comic onstage energy, crafty songs and costumes, and overall technical sheen bring to pulse-pounding life this new musical version of Dumas's never-tired story of Marie Duplessis, the Lady of the Camellias. Read More »

Music Review: Vintage Trouble – ‘1 Hopeful Rd.’

Vintage Trouble 1 Hopeful Rd.

Vintage Trouble plays blues-rock and old-school R&B yet also sounds fresh. About to go on the road with AC/DC, this four-piece is my musical find of the year so far. Read More »

Theater Review (NYC Off-Broadway): ‘I Know What Boys Want’ Explores Sex Tape Culture

I Know What Boys Want Ego Actus

A ripped-from-the-headlines story about a high school sex tape gone viral sets up a compelling premise but doesn't live up to its potential. Read More »

Theater Review (NYC Off-Broadway): ‘Threesome’ by Yussef El Guindi

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'Threesome' begins as pure bedroom comedy, then slowly sours into muted seriousness, finally exploding into a cutting climax as secrets of sexual politics and terrible events of the recent past are revealed. Read More »

Music Review: Dan Rodriguez – ‘Come On Home’

Dan Rodriguez Come On Home

When the songwriting and his melodic and vocal talents click, they click securely, and sailing through the whole set is Rodriguez's fine voice, a pleasure to listen to whatever he's singing about. Read More »

Working With What I’ve Got: Amy Schumer on Playing the System

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One way to address sexism in the entertainment industry is clearly to engage with the sexual politics of the prevailing culture, and right now no one does that better than Amy Schumer. Read More »

Theater Review: ‘Orpheus and Eurydice’ by The Trip

Orpheus Eurydice The Trip Theater

This experimental treatment of the ancient myth takes in video, music, dance, and the online world as it plays with your expectations. Read More »

Music Review: Michael Grimm – ‘Grimm’

Michael Grimm

I'm sure part of my positive response to Grimm's new album comes from the fact that I grew up listening to the kinds of music it pays tribute to. But another part of it arises from the high-quality songwriting and musicianship, the melodicism, the literate lyrics, and the strong vocals – a pretty powerful formula. Read More »

EXCLUSIVE: Interview – Collabro, ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ Winners, on New Album ‘Act Two’ and American Concert Debut

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The five-piece vocal group debuts in New York and Los Angeles as its sophomore album soars in the UK and aims for American success. Read More »

Theater Review (NYC Off-Broadway): ‘The Weir’ by Conor McPherson at the Irish Repertory Theatre

The Irish Repertory Theatre’s production of Conor McPherson’s THE WEIR, directed by Ciarán O'Reilly. Pictured, L. to R.: John Keating, Sean Gormley, Tim Ruddy, Paul O'Brien and Amanda Quaid Photo Credit: CAROL ROSEGG

A the denizens of an Irish country pub chat and gossip, then go on to spin the supernatural tales that are the meat of the drama, a vivid outside world of time and space unfolds – and a world beyond as well. Read More »