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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'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.


Sunday Morning Michael Dale: A Guide To Rikers Island and A Hamilton Landmark You May Have Missed
March 27, 2022

Notes on Rich Roy's autobiographical A White Man's Guide To Rikers Island, Sam Chanse's 'what you are now' and a Hamilton-related theatre landmark on St. Marks Place.

Sunday Morning Michael Dale: Baldwin Debates Buckley, The Brontës Rock Out and Billy Porter Revises The Life
March 20, 2022

Debate: Baldwin vs Buckley is an extraordinary recreation of A 1965 televised debate, Glass Town is a fun rock concert with a Bronte band, The Life gets reworked for Encores! and an O'Neill drama involving Andrew Jackson may be seen differently today.

Sunday Morning Michael Dale: THE BAKER'S WIFE Sublimely Returns and ANYONE CAN WHISTLE's Satire Remains Uncomfortably Relevant
March 13, 2022

This week I saw productions of two decades-old musicals, each written by one of theatre's great composer/lyricists, which, in their original productions, ran a combined total of nine performances on Broadway.

Sunday Morning Michael Dale: Love Gets Debated, The Duplex Gets a Makeover and the K.G.B. Switches Allegiances
March 6, 2022

An audience participation panel discussion show that tours one-nighters around the country debates how to get dating right.

Sunday Morning Michael Dale: LBJ, The CIA and Eartha Kitt
February 27, 2022

A recreation of Eartha Kitt's brief speech at a White House event is the thrilling dramatic centerpiece of playwright/performer Dierdra McDowell's excellent solo play, Down To Eartha.

Sunday Morning Michael Dale: In Comes Platonic Heterosexual Company
February 20, 2022

Notes on Company, The 2022 FRIGID Festival and A Class Act.

Sunday Morning Michael Dale: A Broadway Dance Classic Returns To Lincoln Center
February 13, 2022

New York City Ballet brings back Slaughter On Tenth Avenue, the Louis Armstrong House Museum reopens in Queens and a hat tip to the guy who keeps MJ grounded.

Sunday Morning Michael Dale: Selling More Than The Sizzle
February 6, 2022

Jaime Sunwoo on the significance of SPAM in Asian American culture and Taylor Mac and Matt Ray throw the hottest jazz funeral in town.

Sunday Morning Michael Dale: Hey, Old Friend
January 30, 2022

Like Sweeney Todd's right arm, I haven't thought of the Theatre District as being complete again until the reopening of that historic watering hole and bistro on 44th Street, Sardi's.

Sunday Morning Michael Dale: 30/90, 30/89 & 30/13
December 5, 2021

Jonathan Larson's posthumous success may be a unique story, but tick, tick... Boom! deals with a universal truth most artists must deal with sometime in their lives.

Sunday Morning Michael Dale: After a Brief Intermission...
November 28, 2021

How my exposure to the diversity of New York theatre changed once I started going to Off-Off-Broadway more frequently than to Broadway.

Sunday Morning Michael Dale
November 14, 2021

Sharing views not only on the current Broadway and Off-Broadway scenes, but offering an appreciative spotlight to Off-Off Broadway artists and other lesser-known entertainers who are just as important in making New York the nation's live performing arts capital. To encourage rather than critique.

BWW Review: A Beloved New York Stage Actor Recalls Six Decades of Theatre in JOHN CULLUM: AN ACCIDENTAL STAR
April 12, 2021

The first time I saw John Cullum live on stage his fingers were clutched to a window frame of designer Robin Wagner's art deco luxury liner, playing the maniacally flamboyant theatre producer Oscar Jaffe attempting to board a moving train in his Tony-winning turn in ON THE TWENTIETH CENTURY.

BWW Review: Lupita Nyong'o and Juan Castano Are Bilingual Lovers in The Public's Radio Drama ROMEO Y JULIETA
March 28, 2021

The visuals may be left to the listener's imagination in The Public Theater's new audio play, but what lands on the ear takes Joseph Papp's revolutionary concept a bit further.

BWW Review: Patrick Page Leads a Sumptuous Ensemble in Shakespeare@'s Radio Drama JULIUS CAESAR
March 2, 2021

Even if Americans weren't recently subjected to the horror of violent deaths and the attempted murder of elected officials inside the U.S. Capitol Building, the issue of representatives desiring the right to carry firearms in congress would be enough to bring new relevance to William Shakespeare's drama of insurrection and its consequences, JULIUS CAESAR.

BWW Review: Theatre Artists Adapt To A Drastically Changed World as The Seeing Place Presents Liz Duffy Adams' DOG ACT
February 6, 2021

The Seeing Place Theater offers a futuristic glimpse of artists adapting to a changed culture in Liz Duffy Adams’ 2004 absurdity, DOG ACT.

BWW Review: Jefferson Mays Plays 50+ Characters In A Beautifully Realized Adaptation A CHRISTMAS CAROL
November 29, 2020

As virtuosic Broadway stars go, Jefferson Mays be the provider of the most congenially-natured performances of his era.

BWW Review: Bill Irwin's ON BECKETT / IN SCREEN Takes A Clown's-Eye View Of The Modernist's Words
November 22, 2020

'I am not a Beckett scholar,' Bill Irwin advises viewers at the outset. 'Mine is an actor's relationship to this language. By which I mean the deep knowledge that comes from committing words to memory, and speaking them to audiences.'

BWW Review: The Seeing Place Addresses Increasingly Relevant Issues With Jane Martin's 1994 Pulitzer Finalist KEELY AND DU
November 5, 2020

For the first time in twelve years, Americans were being served by a president who fully supported The Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade decision when the pseudonymed playwright Jane Martin's 1994 Pulitzer finalist KEELY AND DU premiered.

BWW Review: Trump-Era Liberals Are All At Sea In Anne Washburn's SHIPWRECK
October 28, 2020

While not exactly a moment of déjà vu, I did feel a sense of the familiar while listening to director Saheem Ali's new podcast production of Anne Washburn's provocative play of Trump-era liberal ideology, SHIPWRECK, subtitled 'a History Play about 2017'. It was followed almost immediately by an internal debate as to whether or not it was okay to mention in in this review.