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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): Ritter, Dene, Voss by Thomas Bernhard

A brilliant, sick brother, two hung-up sisters, and enough linguistic flair and dramatic panache for two or three plays Read More »

Theater Review (NYC): Nance O’Neil

A few days in the life of Lizzie Borden, 12 years later. Read More »

Theater Review (NYC): Roadkill Confidential

Do a controversial artist's activities at her rural studio go beyond the merely disgusting to include something more sinister? Read More »

Music Review: Indie Round-Up – Flipron, John Lee Hooker Jr., Whole Sky Monitor

John Lee Hooker Jr. blasts out high-powered, recession-era blues. Read More »

Commemorating the Revolution at Green-Wood Cemetery

Everywhere we go we walk on history. Read More »

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 »