Gwen Orel

About Gwen Orel

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

‘Woody Sez’ will break your heart and lift your spirits

Gwen Orel calls it: “Woody Sez” is one of the best shows of the year. Extended through Sept. 10 at Irish Rep.

Podcast #42: Gavinstock and Woody Sez

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“‘Woody Sez’ extended through Sept. 10!Gwen Orel talks to Bernadette Gavin, of Gavin’s Irish Country Inn, to Kevin McCarthy of Shilelagh Law, and to David Lutken, who plays Woody Guthrie and is one of the devisers of ‘Woody Sez’ at Irish Repertory Theatre.

Last chance to see ‘Indecent’

The brilliant, haunting, captivating “Indecent” closes on Sunday, Aug. 6 on Broadway. Hurry down.

Podcast #41: ‘Find Your Way Home’ and ‘The Journey’

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Gwen Orel talks to Jimmy Kelly, co-author of “Find Your Way Home,” and to Nick Hamm, director of “The Journey.”

This year’s tune: Catskills Irish Arts Week 2017

Gwen Orel decides on the Catskills 2017 tune of the summer. Or three.

Podcast #40: Catskills Irish Arts Week

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Gwen Orel talks to Catskills Irish Arts Week musicians, director, founder and student.

Review: Sinking Ship’s ‘A Hunger Artist’ feeds the soul

Jonathan Levin in ‘A Hunger Artist’ may be the best solo performance of the year.

Podcast #39: T’he Emperor Jones’ and ‘Rebel in the Soul’

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Gwen Orel talks with Obi Abili and Ciarán O’Reilly of Irish Rep’s “The Emperor Jones,” and Larry Kirwan, author of Irish Rep’s “Rebel in the Soul.”

Enda Walsh’s ‘Arlington’ leaves an aftertaste

Gwen Orel says “Arlington” repeats on her, like acid reflux. That’s probably what Enda Walsh had in mind.

Podcast #38: Wils Wilson on ‘The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart;’ ‘Narcan’

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Gwen Orel talks to Wils Wilson about the brilliant piece by David Grieg, “The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart.” Alice Farrell talks to actor Peter Halpin about the short film “Narcan.”

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.