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Jon Sobel is a Publisher and 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 http://www.orenhope.com/ you can hire him to write or edit whatever marketing or journalistic materials your heart desires. Jon also writes the blog Park Odyssey at http://parkodyssey.blogspot.com/ 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 Off-Broadway): ‘She Stoops to Conquer’ by Oliver Goldsmith

John Rothman as Mr. Hardcastle and Mairin Lee as Kate Hardcastle in The Actors Company Theatre's production of 'She Stoops to Conquer.' Photo by Marielle Solan

It's not the details of the preposterous plot that make it work; it's the skillful way Goldsmith wove them together and his sly, fluid way with dialogue. And it's not any of these fine performances individually that galvanize this revival; it's the brightly colored vision saddled up by the director and the gifted creative team, and the gusto with which the actors take the reins. Read More »

Theater Review (NYC): ‘Hedda Gabler’ by Henrik Ibsen

Jenna Sander as Thea Elvstead in The Instigators' production of 'Hedda Gabler' at The Secret Theatre

The sharp poignancy of Ibsen's classic comes through strongly in a flawed but sincere new production by the young company The Instigators. The tragic story of an unhappy young wife whose hopes of a glorious future of social ascendancy are being dashed before her eyes rings as true today as it did when Ibsen wrote it 125 years ago. Read More »

Music Review: Nitty Gritty Dirt Band – ‘Circlin’ Back: Celebrating 50 Years’

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Back when the term "Americana" just meant pioneer-era antiques, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band was bringing American folk music into the pop-music mainstream. To celebrate half a century of making music, the group is releasing a live album of 18 favorite tunes recorded at Nashville's famous Ryman Auditorium, many featuring guest artists from the pantheon of folk, Americana, and country music. Read More »