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Michael Dale

Michael Dale After 20-odd years singing, dancing and acting in dinner theatres, summer stocks and the ever-popular audience participation murder mysteries (try improvising with audiences after they?ve had two hours of open bar), Michael Dale segued his theatrical ambitions into playwriting. The buildings which once housed the 5 Off-Off Broadway plays he penned have all been destroyed or turned into a Starbucks, but his name remains the answer to the trivia question, "Who wrote the official play of Babe Ruth's 100th Birthday?" He served as Artistic Director for The Play's The Thing Theatre Company, helping to bring free live theatre to underserved communities, and dabbled a bit in stage managing and in directing cabaret shows before answering the call (it was an email, actually) to become BroadwayWorld.com's first Chief Theatre Critic. While not attending shows Michael can be seen at Citi Field pleading for the Mets to stop imploding. Likes: Strong book musicals and ambitious new works. Dislikes: Unprepared celebrities making their stage acting debuts by starring on Broadway and weak bullpens.
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Cush Jumbo is a thrilling talent and her solo play about Josephine Baker is beautifully done.
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Helen Mirren gives a masterful portrayal in Peter Morgan's thoroughly engaging character study.
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Larry David mimics his TV style in his very funny playwriting debut.
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Keen Company gives Andrew Lippa and Tom Greenwald's chamber musical a fine revival.
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The master of quirky and rhythmic one-acts is in a more sentimental mood this time.
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