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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 Fringe): ‘Human Fruit Bowl’ by Andrea Kuchlewska

Photo by Andrea Kuchlewska

This award-winning play brings out something that's usually lost to history: the story of an artist's model. Read More »

Theater Review (NYC Fringe): ‘Lula Del Ray’

Photo by Katherine Greenleaf

This dreamy, compelling period-piece "movie" is presented live via overhead projector, cardboard puppets, live actors and music. Read More »

Theater Review (NYC Fringe): ‘A Future Imperfect’ by William S.E. Coleman


Fun with dystopian futures. Read More »

Opera Review (NYC Fringe): ‘Truth’


A short new opera about abolitionist Sojourner Truth features fine voices and appealing music. Read More »

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Shakespeare's most culturally outdated play gets a boisterous Caribbean-ized production at the Riverbank State Park amphitheater by the Hudson River.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