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:  ROCK BOTTOM Offers Raunch Without WitBWW Reviews: ROCK BOTTOM Offers Raunch Without Wit
Posted: Sep. 18, 2014


BWW Reviews:  THIS IS OUR YOUTH, Entitled Slacker NostalgiaBWW Reviews: THIS IS OUR YOUTH, Entitled Slacker Nostalgia
Posted: Sep. 12, 2014


BWW Reviews:  THE FATAL WEAKNESS May Be Found In The ScriptBWW Reviews: THE FATAL WEAKNESS May Be Found In The Script
Posted: Sep. 16, 2014


BWW Reviews:  Neugebauer Provides a Satisfying Stay at THE WAYSIDE MOTOR INNBWW Reviews: Neugebauer Provides a Satisfying Stay at THE WAYSIDE MOTOR INN
Posted: Sep. 4, 2014


BWW Reviews:  Gurney's Bringing Snail Mail Back with LOVE LETTERSBWW Reviews: Gurney's Bringing Snail Mail Back with LOVE LETTERS
Posted: Sep. 19, 2014


BWW Reviews: Absurdist Satire Meets Musical Comedy in RED EYE OF LOVEBWW Reviews: Absurdist Satire Meets Musical Comedy in RED EYE OF LOVE
Posted: Sep. 8, 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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BWW Reviews:  Gurney's Bringing Snail Mail Back with LOVE LETTERSBWW Reviews: Gurney's Bringing Snail Mail Back with LOVE LETTERS
September 19, 2014

The story of a lifelong relationship between two people is told through the handwritten correspondence sent between them throughout the decades.
BWW Reviews:  ROCK BOTTOM Offers Raunch Without WitBWW Reviews: ROCK BOTTOM Offers Raunch Without Wit
September 18, 2014

Bridget Everett's obsessively aggressive raunchiness gets tiresome very quickly.
BWW Reviews:  THE FATAL WEAKNESS May Be Found In The ScriptBWW Reviews: THE FATAL WEAKNESS May Be Found In The Script
September 16, 2014

The Mint mounts a fine revival of playwright George Kelly's final Broadway effort.
BWW Reviews:  THIS IS OUR YOUTH, Entitled Slacker NostalgiaBWW Reviews: THIS IS OUR YOUTH, Entitled Slacker Nostalgia
September 12, 2014

Anna D. Shapiro's Steppenwold production softens Kenneth Lonergan's satirical edges.
BWW Reviews:  BOOTYCANDY is Subversively Funny and Dramatically IntriguingBWW Reviews: BOOTYCANDY is Subversively Funny and Dramatically Intriguing
September 11, 2014

Robert O'Hara uses hilarious sketches and sobering drama in a collage of experiences from growing up gay and black.
BWW Reviews:  Public Works' THE WINTER'S TALE Enchants at DelacorteBWW Reviews: Public Works' THE WINTER'S TALE Enchants at Delacorte
September 10, 2014

The phrase "community theatre" rarely inspires such vibrant dramatics and joyful pageantry as when the Public Theater's Public Works program takes the Delacorte stage.
BWW Reviews: Absurdist Satire Meets Musical Comedy in RED EYE OF LOVEBWW Reviews: Absurdist Satire Meets Musical Comedy in RED EYE OF LOVE
September 8, 2014

Alli Mauzey and Josh Grisetti shine in a a daffy, enjoyable lark.
BWW Reviews:  Neugebauer Provides a Satisfying Stay at THE WAYSIDE MOTOR INNBWW Reviews: Neugebauer Provides a Satisfying Stay at THE WAYSIDE MOTOR INN
September 4, 2014

Lila Neugebauer directs an intriguing and touching production of A.R. Gurney's community of moments.
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.


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