BEN COLEMAN is a critic, dramaturg, occasional theater producer, and an active member of the Drama Desk Awards' Nominating Committee. By day he serves as the literary associate for Samuel French Inc. He is also a contributing writer for Theasy.com and Breaking Character. BFA Syracuse University; Master's Degree Brooklyn College. @benreviews.
In a spacious apartment on the Upper West Side sits a bespectacled young man, donning a knit beanie in a cozy and cluttered room. He is comfortably situated amidst an array of electronics and speakers. Guitars, banjos, and similar-looking (though probably more exotic) stringed instruments hang on the walls. He picks up a banjo and starts into a song. The music rings of American folk sounds, blended with other cultural influences. His voice is big and uninhibited, never lacking in sincerity.