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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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Posted: Dec. 8, 2014


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Posted: Dec. 2, 2014


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Posted: Nov. 23, 2014


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Posted: Nov. 30, 2014


BWW Reviews:  SOUL DOCTOR's Shortened Length is a MitzvahBWW Reviews: SOUL DOCTOR's Shortened Length is a Mitzvah
Posted: Dec. 15, 2014


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Posted: Dec. 7, 2014


BWW Reviews:  Doyle's ALLEGRO Played in Cut TimeBWW Reviews: Doyle's ALLEGRO Played in Cut Time
Posted: Nov. 21, 2014


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Posted: Oct. 24, 2014


BWW Reviews:  Nathan Lane Gives a Master Class in IT'S ONLY A PLAYBWW Reviews: Nathan Lane Gives a Master Class in IT'S ONLY A PLAY
Posted: Oct. 10, 2014


BWW Reviews:  Shapiro Gives OF MICE AND MEN a Classic TreatmentBWW Reviews: Shapiro Gives OF MICE AND MEN a Classic Treatment
Posted: Apr. 17, 2014


BWW Review:  Parsons and Spinella Clash in THE VELOCITY OF AUTUMNBWW Review: Parsons and Spinella Clash in THE VELOCITY OF AUTUMN
Posted: Apr. 22, 2014


BWW Reviews:  ROCKY's Unusual Love Story Sings BeautifullyBWW Reviews: ROCKY's Unusual Love Story Sings Beautifully
Posted: Mar. 14, 2014


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BWW Reviews:  New and Improved SIDE SHOW Fleshes Out Its Story of Conjoined TwinsReview: New and Improved SIDE SHOW Fleshes Out Its Story of Conjoined Twins
Posted: Nov. 18, 2014


BWW Reviews:  Misery Hates Company in POCATELLOBWW Reviews: Misery Hates Company in POCATELLO
December 17, 2014

Samuel D. Hunter's drama of a mundane little community is in itself a rather mundane evening.
BWW Reviews:  SOUL DOCTOR's Shortened Length is a MitzvahBWW Reviews: SOUL DOCTOR's Shortened Length is a Mitzvah
December 15, 2014

After a two-month Broadway run, the story of the rockstar rabbi returns Off-Broadway with a pared-down script.
BWW Reviews:  THE ELEPHANT MAN is a Curiosity, But Far From IntriguingBWW Reviews: THE ELEPHANT MAN is a Curiosity, But Far From Intriguing
December 8, 2014

Bernard Pomerance's one Broadway play is a clinical, alienating drama.
BWW Reviews:  A CHRISTMAS MEMORY Can Use a Few More MemoriesBWW Reviews: A CHRISTMAS MEMORY Can Use a Few More Memories
December 7, 2014

Truman Capote's short story doesn't provide enough plot for this two-act musical.
BWW Reviews:  Paper Mill's ELF is Heavy on the Showbiz FunBWW Reviews: Paper Mill's ELF is Heavy on the Showbiz Fun
December 7, 2014

Director Eric Ankrim's solid mounting is bursting with brassy talent.
BWW Reviews:  OUR LADY OF KIBEHO Tells of a Holy Prelude to TragedyBWW Reviews: OUR LADY OF KIBEHO Tells of a Holy Prelude to Tragedy
December 2, 2014

Kateri Hall's drama dares the audience to accept a miracle.
BWW Reviews:  Mills and Reichel's THE UNDERCLASSMAN Dazzles With Wit, Melody and IntelligenceBWW Reviews: Mills and Reichel's THE UNDERCLASSMAN Dazzles With Wit, Melody and Intelligence
November 30, 2014

Peter Mills and Cara Reichel revamp their wonderful F. Scott Fitzgerald musical of nearly ten years ago.
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November 27, 2014

Sam Shepard's riff on Sophocles is a chore to comprehend.
BWW Reviews:  A DELICATE BALANCE Stirs, but Doesn't ShakeBWW Reviews: A DELICATE BALANCE Stirs, but Doesn't Shake
November 23, 2014

Pam MacKinnon's starry production has its stumbling points.
BWW Reviews:  Doyle's ALLEGRO Played in Cut TimeBWW Reviews: Doyle's ALLEGRO Played in Cut Time
November 21, 2014

John Doyle cuts Rodgers and Hammerstein's experimental musical extensively and casts actor/musicians.
BWW Reviews:  Lee's STRAIGHT WHITE MEN Debates The Price of Being an AllyBWW Reviews: Lee's STRAIGHT WHITE MEN Debates The Price of Being an Ally
November 20, 2014

Young Jean Lee's new drama may actually be a satire.
BWW Reviews:  New and Improved SIDE SHOW Fleshes Out Its Story of Conjoined TwinsBWW Reviews: New and Improved SIDE SHOW Fleshes Out Its Story of Conjoined Twins
November 18, 2014

The 1997 flop with a big cult following returns with major revisions.
BWW Reviews:  Hyper-Charged PUNK ROCK Explores Uncontrolled Adolescent DynamicsBWW Reviews: Hyper-Charged PUNK ROCK Explores Uncontrolled Adolescent Dynamics
November 17, 2014

Simon Stephens' tense and chilling drama attempts to explain why the unthinkable is becoming more commonplace.
BWW Reviews:  Butterworth's THE RIVER Drowns in Its Own AmbiguityBWW Reviews: Butterworth's THE RIVER Drowns in Its Own Ambiguity
November 16, 2014

Hugh Jackman stars in the longest 90 minutes on Broadway..
BWW Reviews:  Faith and Absolution Sensitively Questioned in GRAND CONCOURSEBWW Reviews: Faith and Absolution Sensitively Questioned in GRAND CONCOURSE
November 16, 2014

Quincy Tyler Bernstine offers beautiful understated pathos in Heidi Schreck's touching new drama.
BWW Reviews:  Alda sends Bergen M*A*S*H Notes in LOVE LETTERSBWW Reviews: Alda sends Bergen M*A*S*H Notes in LOVE LETTERS
November 15, 2014

Candice Bergen and Alan Alda may be among the most endearing and believable pairs to take on A.R. Gurney's Pulitzer finalist.
BWW Reviews:  LOST LAKE Wastes Excellent Acting on an Unbelievable PremiseBWW Reviews: LOST LAKE Wastes Excellent Acting on an Unbelievable Premise
November 12, 2014

John Hawkes does some stellar work in David Auburn's intimate drama.
BWW Reviews:  Entertaining THE BAND WAGON Nixes NostalgiaBWW Reviews: Entertaining THE BAND WAGON Nixes Nostalgia
November 11, 2014

Douglas Carter Beane and Kathleen Marshall whip a movie classic into a fun new musical.
BWW Reviews:  STICKS AND BONES Puts a Full Nelson on the Vietnam WarBWW Reviews: STICKS AND BONES Puts a Full Nelson on the Vietnam War
November 7, 2014

David Rabe's 1972 Tony-winner darkly satirizes America's self-image during the Vietnam era.
BWW Reviews:  Stoppard's THE REAL THING Sings Its Heart OutBWW Reviews: Stoppard's THE REAL THING Sings Its Heart Out
October 31, 2014

Sam Gold's revival of Tom Stoppard's marriage drama gets a jukebox touch.


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