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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 (Boston): Adding Machine: A Musical at Speakeasy Stage

Schmidt and Loewith have crafted the words of Elmer Rice's 1923 play into melodies and meters that pulse and rise and fall with the rhythm of thought. Read More »

Music Review: Indie Round-Up – Fight the Quiet, John Milstead, Tolstrup & Haskell

Mark Tolstrup and Dale Haskell make an excellent blues pairing, like a smooth but hearty wine with a comfort-food dinner. Read More »

Theater Review (NYC): Happy in the Poorhouse

The Amoralists shift the action from the Lower East Side to Coney Island, with mixed results. Read More »

Music Review: Jason & the Scorchers – Halcyon Times

The veteran Americana rockers make everything sound easy on this scorcher of a disc, their first of new material since 1996. Read More »

Theater Review (NYC): Glee Club by Matthew Freeman

At least there's a good song. Read More »

Music Review: Boston Early Music Festival Concert—”The Golden Age of the Viola da Gamba and the Lute”

Viola da gamba player Vittorio Ghielmi and lutenist Luca Pianca traced the repertoire for these baroque instruments through the centures. Read More »

Music Review: Indie Round-Up – Delta Moon, Backyard Tire Fire, Patty Cronheim

Delta Moon's blues-rock-soul music is as emotional as it is economical and tough, with time-worn themes couched in powerful and sometimes poetic imagery. Read More »

Theater Review (NYC): Forgotten by Pat Kinevane at the Irish Arts Center

A strange blend of Irish character studies and Japanese Kabuki theater, this is more than a play, it's an immersive poetic experience. Read More »

Theater Review (NYC): Charles L. Mee’s Fêtes de la Nuit

Almost magically, these characters whom we only glimpse come brightly alive, exuding sorrow, angst, joy in turn. Read More »

Theater Review (NYC): Clybourne Park

1959: a black family is moving into a white neighborhood. 2009: after hard times, the same neighborhood is re-gentrifying. Read More »