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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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LAST 30 DAYS

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Posted: Feb. 17, 2015


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Posted: Feb. 9, 2015


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Posted: Feb. 16, 2015


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Posted: Feb. 7, 2015


BWW Review:  ZERO HOUR: TOKYO ROSE'S LAST TAPE, an Intriguing Abstract PieceBWW Review: ZERO HOUR: TOKYO ROSE'S LAST TAPE, an Intriguing Abstract Piece
Posted: Feb. 3, 2015


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Posted: Jan. 30, 2015


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


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


BWW Reviews:  Stoppard's THE REAL THING Sings Its Heart OutBWW Reviews: Stoppard's THE REAL THING Sings Its Heart Out
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BWW Reviews:  Kate Baldwin Captivating in JOHN & JEN RevivalBWW Reviews: Kate Baldwin Captivating in JOHN & JEN Revival
March 2, 2015

Keen Company gives Andrew Lippa and Tom Greenwald's chamber musical a fine revival.
BWW Reviews:  BRIGHT HALF LIFE Presents a Collage of Relationship MomentsBWW Reviews: BRIGHT HALF LIFE Presents a Collage of Relationship Moments
February 27, 2015

Tanya Barfield's newest paints a vivid picture of a relationship through dozens of quick, non-linear scenes.
BWW Reviews:  It's a Bird, It's a Plane, It's BROOKLYNITEBWW Reviews: It's a Bird, It's a Plane, It's BROOKLYNITE
February 26, 2015

Michael Mayer and Peter Lerman's mindlessly fun musical comedy has super heroes protecting the hipsters, artists and vegans of Kings County.
BWW Reviews:  LIVES OF THE SAINTS Has David Ives Back in One-Act ModeBWW Reviews: LIVES OF THE SAINTS Has David Ives Back in One-Act Mode
February 26, 2015

The master of quirky and rhythmic one-acts is in a more sentimental mood this time.
BWW Reviews:  THE NETHER Considers Crimes of Pedophilic ThoughtBWW Reviews: THE NETHER Considers Crimes of Pedophilic Thought
February 25, 2015

Jennifer Haley's, futuristic drama asks those who would object to government-controlled morality to defend their stance under the most vile circumstances.
 BWW Reviews:  BIG LOVE, or Fifty Brides For Fifty Cousins BWW Reviews: BIG LOVE, or Fifty Brides For Fifty Cousins
February 24, 2015

Charles Mee's modern retelling of an Aeschylus drama gets a rollicking free-for-all production from Tina Landau.
BWW Reviews:  CHURCHILL Paints a Bland PictureBWW Reviews: CHURCHILL Paints a Bland Picture
February 19, 2015

Ronald Keaton's solo play offers little more than a career rundown.
BWW Review: Revolutionary HAMILTON Is a Crowning AchievementBWW Review: Revolutionary HAMILTON Is a Crowning Achievement
February 17, 2015

Lin-Manuel Miranda's historical hip-hop musical is fine musical theatre disguised as freestyle.
BWW Reviews:  Falls' THE ICEMAN COMETH, a Superlative and Sensitive ProductionBWW Reviews: Falls' THE ICEMAN COMETH, a Superlative and Sensitive Production
February 16, 2015

It may be a long night's journey, but Robert Falls' mounting is a most captivating interlude.
BWW Reviews:  RASHEEDA SPEAKING is Worthy of DiscussionBWW Reviews: RASHEEDA SPEAKING is Worthy of Discussion
February 12, 2015

Tonya Pinkins and Diane Weist are superb in Joel Drake Johnson's drama of racial communication.
BWW Reviews:  Bianco is Terrific in the Mildly Funny APPLICATION PENDINGBWW Reviews: Bianco is Terrific in the Mildly Funny APPLICATION PENDING
February 11, 2015

Christine Bianco plays over 40 characters, most of them tired cliches.
BWW Reviews:  Scheuer's THE LION Roars Back Into TownBWW Reviews: Scheuer's THE LION Roars Back Into Town
February 9, 2015

Benjamin Scheuer's one-man autobiographical musical is among the season's very best.
BWW Reviews:  Encores! Mounts LADY, BE GOOD! With Style and PanacheBWW Reviews: Encores! Mounts LADY, BE GOOD! With Style and Panache
February 7, 2015

Tommy Tune returns to the New York stage in a splendid concert production.
BWW Reviews:  NEVERMORE Has Lots of Style but Not Enough SubstanceBWW Reviews: NEVERMORE Has Lots of Style but Not Enough Substance
February 5, 2015

Jonathan Christenson's Edgar Allan Poe fantasia suffers from an unyieldingly somber tone.
BWW Review:  ZERO HOUR: TOKYO ROSE'S LAST TAPE, an Intriguing Abstract PieceBWW Review: ZERO HOUR: TOKYO ROSE'S LAST TAPE, an Intriguing Abstract Piece
February 3, 2015

Miwa Yanagi uses one of WWII's more unusual stories as an example of female imagery as utilized by men.
BWW Review:  Turgenev's A MONTH IN THE COUNTRY Receives an Engaging CSC ProductionBWW Review: Turgenev's A MONTH IN THE COUNTRY Receives an Engaging CSC Production
January 30, 2015

Chekhov wasn't the only Russian writing of the boredom of country living.
BWW Reviews:  Durang's VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE a Delight at Paper MillBWW Reviews: Durang's VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE a Delight at Paper Mill
January 28, 2015

Christopher Durang's Tony Winning Chekhov spin receives a handsome production.
BWW Reviews:  Feiffer's I'M GONNA PRAY FOR YOU SO HARD, a Dynamic Father/Daughter DramaBWW Reviews: Feiffer's I'M GONNA PRAY FOR YOU SO HARD, a Dynamic Father/Daughter Drama
January 27, 2015

Emotions emerge as a successful playwright and his actress daughter wait for her opening night NY Times review.
BWW Reviews:  Fiasco's INTO THE WOODS is Neither Forest Nor TreesBWW Reviews: Fiasco's INTO THE WOODS is Neither Forest Nor Trees
January 23, 2015

Sub-par singing and surface acting curse this chamber production.
BWW Reviews:  YOU CAN'T TAKE IT WITH YOU (But You Can Go Back and See It Again)BWW Reviews: YOU CAN'T TAKE IT WITH YOU (But You Can Go Back and See It Again)
January 22, 2015

Anna Chlumsky and Richard Thomas have been added to the top-flight ensemble.


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