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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): The Hyperbolist at Fringe

Joe Mazza's melange of puppetry, silent film, and vaudeville effectively fuses avant-garde philosophizing with the pulling of heartstrings. Read More »

Theater Review (NYC): The Maid of Orleans by Friedrich Schiller at Fringe

Fine operatic singing fails to rescue this bumpy production of Schiller's tale of Joan of Arc. Read More »

Let’s Stop “Passing” and Start Dying Again

Pass the hat. Pass the ammunition. But whatever you do, don't just "pass." Read More »

Iva Withers: Nonagenarian Link to Broadway’s Golden Age

Withers played more performances of some of the greatest musicals than their original stars did, but never got to open a new show on Broadway. Read More »

Book Review: The Girls of Murder City: Fame, Lust, and the Beautiful Killers Who Inspired Chicago by Douglas Perry

In Chicago, during Prohibition, a crop of female killers became the biggest celebrities of the day. Read More »

Music Review: Indie Round-Up – Levasseur, The Problems, Lisa Brigantino

If we didn't know we needed a true soul music revival, now we do. Read More »

Procreation Is Not the Purpose of Marriage

We are not living in the stone age. Marriage in our civilization has long been an essential right afforded to all heterosexual couples. Read More »

I Don’t Like Burqas

If we can't see a face, we are naturally suspicious and afraid. Read More »

Theater Review (NYC): Three Irish Widows Versus the Rest of the World

This one-man, multi-character show devolves into a shouting match. Read More »

Hundreds of Prospect Park Geese Killed to Keep Jet Lanes Clear

Four hundred resident geese become landfill. Read More »