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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BWW Reviews:  Start The REVOLUTION IN THE ELBOW OF RAGNAR AGNARSSON FURNITURE PAINTER Without MeBWW Reviews: Start The REVOLUTION IN THE ELBOW OF RAGNAR AGNARSSON FURNITURE PAINTER Without Me
Posted: Aug. 14, 2014


BWW Reviews:  Sullivan's KING LEAR Lacks Serpent's Tooth SharpnessBWW Reviews: Sullivan's KING LEAR Lacks Serpent's Tooth Sharpness
Posted: Aug. 6, 2014


BWW Reviews:  Stephen McKinley Henderson Displays Pathos and Power in BETWEEN RIVERSIDE AND CRAZYBWW Reviews: Stephen McKinley Henderson Displays Pathos and Power in BETWEEN RIVERSIDE AND CRAZY
Posted: Aug. 1, 2014


BWW Reviews:   POOR BEHAVIOR is Bland PlaywritingBWW Reviews: POOR BEHAVIOR is Bland Playwriting
Posted: Aug. 18, 2014


BWW Reviews:  Sydney Theatre Company's THE MAIDS Goes For Jocular Over JugularBWW Reviews: Sydney Theatre Company's THE MAIDS Goes For Jocular Over Jugular
Posted: Aug. 12, 2014


BWW Reviews: Cirque du Soleil's VAREKAI Waxes Athletically of IcarusBWW Reviews: Cirque du Soleil's VAREKAI Waxes Athletically of Icarus
Posted: Aug. 2, 2014


BWW Reviews: AND I AND SILENCE Considers The Prison Life of Free WomenBWW Reviews: AND I AND SILENCE Considers The Prison Life of Free Women
Posted: Aug. 26, 2014


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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


BWW Reviews:  Disney Does Musical Comedy Right With ALADDINBWW Reviews: Disney Does Musical Comedy Right With ALADDIN
Posted: Mar. 21, 2014


BWW Reviews:  Disappointing LES MISERABLES Revival Trudges to BroadwayBWW Reviews: Disappointing LES MISERABLES Revival Trudges to Broadway
Posted: Mar. 24, 2014


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Posted: Sep. 19, 2013


BWW Reviews: AND I AND SILENCE Considers The Prison Life of Free WomenBWW Reviews: AND I AND SILENCE Considers The Prison Life of Free Women
August 26, 2014

Naomi Wallace's intimate drama contrasts a women's prison and the prison free women encounter.
BWW Reviews:   POOR BEHAVIOR is Bland PlaywritingBWW Reviews: POOR BEHAVIOR is Bland Playwriting
August 18, 2014

Theresa Rebeck adds nothing fresh regarding the subjectivity of morality.
BWW Reviews:  Start The REVOLUTION IN THE ELBOW OF RAGNAR AGNARSSON FURNITURE PAINTER Without MeBWW Reviews: Start The REVOLUTION IN THE ELBOW OF RAGNAR AGNARSSON FURNITURE PAINTER Without Me
August 14, 2014

Ivar Pall Jonsson's pitiful attempt at allegorical whimsy lacks basic musical theatre craft.
BWW Reviews:  Sydney Theatre Company's THE MAIDS Goes For Jocular Over JugularBWW Reviews: Sydney Theatre Company's THE MAIDS Goes For Jocular Over Jugular
August 12, 2014

Genet's erotically intimate drama gets played for broad laughs in Benedict Andrews' production.
BWW Reviews:  Sullivan's KING LEAR Lacks Serpent's Tooth SharpnessBWW Reviews: Sullivan's KING LEAR Lacks Serpent's Tooth Sharpness
August 6, 2014

Delacorte production more ritual than theatrical.
BWW Reviews: Cirque du Soleil's VAREKAI Waxes Athletically of IcarusBWW Reviews: Cirque du Soleil's VAREKAI Waxes Athletically of Icarus
August 2, 2014

Cirque's touring show riffs on flight and cheesy lounge acts.
BWW Reviews:  Stephen McKinley Henderson Displays Pathos and Power in BETWEEN RIVERSIDE AND CRAZYBWW Reviews: Stephen McKinley Henderson Displays Pathos and Power in BETWEEN RIVERSIDE AND CRAZY
August 1, 2014

Stephen Adly Guirgis' new play offers crackling, streetwise dialogue and tension-packed drama.
BWW Reviews:  DROP DEAD PERFECT Showcases the Legendary Everett QuintonBWW Reviews: DROP DEAD PERFECT Showcases the Legendary Everett Quinton
July 27, 2014

A new comedy demonstrates a knowledgeable affection for the Ridiculous style but the evening never takes off into the kind of hilarity expected.
BWW Reviews: PIECE OF MY HEART Should Let The Jukebox Do The TalkingBWW Reviews: PIECE OF MY HEART Should Let The Jukebox Do The Talking
July 23, 2014

Bert Berns bio-musical has a swell cast, fun songs and a book that drags mercilessly.
 BWW Reviews: PUMP BOYS AND DINETTES Serves Up Twangy Charm BWW Reviews: PUMP BOYS AND DINETTES Serves Up Twangy Charm
July 19, 2014

Encores! Off-Center brings back one of Broadway's more surprising success stories.
BWW Reviews:  PAGEANT Wins For CongenialityBWW Reviews: PAGEANT Wins For Congeniality
July 16, 2014

A revival of the 1991 drag musical beauty contest spoof is a pleasing ninety minutes of good, clean fun.
BWW Reviews:  THE LONG SHRIFT Gives a Worthy Subject The Short ShriftBWW Reviews: THE LONG SHRIFT Gives a Worthy Subject The Short Shrift
July 14, 2014

First-time playwright Robert Boswell and first-time director James Franco deal with the issue of rape and miscommunication.
BWW Reviews:  Randy Newman's FAUST More Concert Than Musical TheatreBWW Reviews: Randy Newman's FAUST More Concert Than Musical Theatre
July 5, 2014

Randy Newman's take on Goethe's opera is an enjoyable collection of songs with little dramatic context.
BWW Reviews: THE LION Roars with Irresistible CharmBWW Reviews: THE LION Roars with Irresistible Charm
June 30, 2014

Benjamin Scheuer's one-man musical is engaging, heartwarming and thoroughly enjoyable.
BWW REVIEW:  Larson's TICK, TICK... BOOM! Is Too Good For ObscurityBWW REVIEW: Larson's TICK, TICK... BOOM! Is Too Good For Obscurity
June 28, 2014

While Rent is an explosion of youthful feelings of invincibility, tick, tick BOOM! is a more introspective work and one of the best musicals to premiere in New York in this century.
BWW Reviews: The Mint Digs Up 1930 French Farce, DONOGOOBWW Reviews: The Mint Digs Up 1930 French Farce, DONOGOO
June 25, 2014

Clever projections steal this revival of Jules Romains' satire of European colonialism.
BWW Review:  Confrontational HOLLER IF YA HEAR ME Channels Anger Into ArtBWW Review: Confrontational HOLLER IF YA HEAR ME Channels Anger Into Art
June 20, 2014

Despite a weak book, director Kenny Leon's daring theatre piece utilizing the lyrics of Tupac Shakur is an exciting dramatic work.
BWW Reviews:  WHEN WE WERE YOUNG AND UNAFRAID Debates Meanings of EqualityBWW Reviews: WHEN WE WERE YOUNG AND UNAFRAID Debates Meanings of Equality
June 18, 2014

Sarah Treem's engrossing drama is set in a 1972 safe haven for abused women.
BWW Reviews:  FLY BY NIGHT Wears Its Romantic Youthful Hopefulness On Its SleeveBWW Reviews: FLY BY NIGHT Wears Its Romantic Youthful Hopefulness On Its Sleeve
June 17, 2014

Connolly, Mitnick and Rosenstock's fanciful new musical expresses the human need for explanations.
BWW Reviews:  THE VILLAGE BIKE Offers a Thought-Provoking RideBWW Reviews: THE VILLAGE BIKE Offers a Thought-Provoking Ride
June 15, 2014

Eugene O'Neill described the period of a woman's heightened sexual desire as a strange interlude. Of course, that was 1923 and he was a guy.


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