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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): ‘Wild Women of Planet Wongo’

'Wild Women of Planet Wongo' at Brooklyn Fireproof. Photo by Hunter Canning

This immersive sci-fi fantasy musical is crammed with good-natured energy and nonstop campy humor. Read More »

Theater Review (NYC Off-Broadway): Chris Noth and Zach Grenier in Christopher Marlowe’s ‘Doctor Faustus’

Chris Noth in DOCTOR FAUSTUS. Photo by Joan Marcus

Classic Stage Company's new adaptation stars two actors best known for their TV roles, and tells Marlowe's story of a deal with the devil with gravitas along with plenty of humor both low and high. Read More »

Music Review: Kacey Musgraves – ‘Pageant Material’


What may start out feeling like bubblegum country becomes a multi-course meal as you get a little ways into this batch of 13 brief, efficient songs. Read More »

Music Review: Mika – ‘No Place in Heaven’

Mika No Place Like Heaven album cover

The English singer-songwriter's gift for melodic, catchy, socially perceptive glam-pop with literate lyrics and operatic sizzle is undimmed on his fourth studio album. Read More »

Theater Review (NYC Off-Broadway): William Shakespeare’s ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ by Masterworks Theater Company

The musical Puck (Nick Cearley) discusses a play with Oberon (Andrew Guilarte) in Masterworks Theater Company's 'A Midsummer Night's Dream.' Photo by Russ Rowland

Director Tamilla Woodard and a gifted cast keep the magic fizzing every minute in this sparkling 90-minute version of Shakespeare's canonical comedy. Read More »

Music Review: The Steeldrivers – ‘The Muscle Shoals Recordings’

Steeldrivers Muscle Shoals

The Steeldrivers' new disc is full of elegant mid-tempo bluegrass songs with dark lyrics. Read More »

I Shall Be Released: Music News from Miley Cyrus, Muse, Motörhead, Third Eye Blind, Ben Folds, Disclosure and More

Gregg Allman Macon

Plus Gregg Allman, JD Souther, Mick Jones, Indigo Girls and more. Read More »

Music Review: Stile Antico – ‘Sing With the Voice of Melody,’ Early Music Polyphony Choir’s 10th Anniversary Favorites

stile antico sing with the voice of melody renaissance polyphony

While the English choir applies a constant smooth tonality to its performances, these can still feel fresh, the centuries-old music almost as much as the recent. Read More »

Theater Review (NYC Off-Off-Broadway): ‘Unveiled’ Written and Performed by Rohina Malik

Rohia Malik in 'Unveiled' at the 4th Street Theatre. Photo courtesy of Voyage Theater Company

In her five monologues about post-9/11 anti-Muslim sentiment, Malik comes across as one of those actors whose performances seem powered as much by moral spirit as by craft. Read More »

Theater Review (NYC): ‘A Human Being Died That Night’ by Nicholas Wright Explores Apartheid’s Psychology and Legacy

Noma Dumezweni and Matthew Marsh in 'A Human Being Died That Night.' Photo by Jesse Kramer

There are no simple answers, and perhaps the worst part of the whole long episode is that, as de Kock tells Pumla at the end, "We killed a lot of people, they killed some of ours, and we fought for nothing…We fought each other basically, eventually, for nothing at all." Read More »