Gwen Orel

About Gwen Orel

The only New York journalist who writes for both the Forward and Irish Music Magazine.

Irish-American writer Jimmy Breslin dead at 88

Los Angeles Times columnist Jack Smith once described Breslin’s writing style as being “like an Irish wind that has blown through Queens and Harlem and Mutchie’s bar. It is a pound of Hemingway and a pound of Joyce and 240 pounds of Breslin.”

‘Emperor Jones’ review: stay out of the woods

“The Emperor Jones” has a genre– and it’s horror. The play is a nightmare, produced like a dream.

When Irish eyes are rolling… (Hail the Unnamed Irishman)

Trump read an Irish proverb he’s “heard for years.” Who trolled him into reading a Nigerian poem?

‘The Penitent’ is not absolved

‘The Penitent,’ David Mamet’s latest play, is better than ‘China Doll.’ That’s a low bar.

Perfect Irish soda bread

The perfect Traditional Irish Soda Bread is a quick bread that has 5 ingredients and nothing else

55 years and feeling the buzz: the Chieftains!

The Chieftains are still going strong after 55 years!

‘If I Forget’ asks when does history predict the future?

“If I Forget” presents a family drama with aspirations to questions of identity.

‘The Present’: a small gift inside a big box

“The Present” intrigues but is ultimately a let-down: lots of wrapping.

All the world’s a cell: Phyllida Lloyd’s ‘The Tempest’ at St. Ann’s Warehouse

Gwen Orel: “The Tempest” at St. Ann’s Warehouse illuminates justice and redemption

Never Again: marathon reading of Elie Weisel’s “Night”

A marathon reading of Elie Wiesel’s Holocaust memoir “Night” will take place on Sunday, Jan. 29th, at the Museum of Jewish Heritage. Readers include Tovah Feldshuh; NYPD Police Commissioner James O’Neill; David Hyde Pierce and many others.

Staged reading of ‘The Dead’

A staged reading of “The Dead” by James Joyce takes place tonight, Sat., Jan. 28th, with a starry cast, to benefit Fusion Theatre.

Up the Scots! Celebrate Burns Night

Burns Night, says Thomas Burt, is “a rallying point for a diaspora hard pressed to find rallying points.” He talks to us about Burns Night Suppers.

Childsplay, with Karan Casey, return to Symphony Space tonight, Nov. 18, 2016!

 Childsplay return to SymphonySpace tonight, Nov. 18, 2016, so we thought we’d republish this piece. Karan Casey sings!   How It’s New York:  Childsplay are playing Symphony Space tonight, Dec. 1.  Symphony Space is one of the great places to hear music or literature in New York (Edna O’Brien read there with Selected Shorts; Mick […]

New York Tradfest, for the fourth time!

For the fourth year, Tony Demarco has organized New York Tradfest. It will take place on Saturday, Nov. 19th, at Pier A Harbor House, and should be a grand night!