Greatest Fictional New Yorkers #5: Dorothy Michaels

05%20-%20dorothy-michaels.gifName: Dorothy Michaels (aka Michael Dorsey)
Occupation: Actress. . .I mean, actor. I mean, actress.
Residence: Manhattan
Memorable quote: “No, no, no – SANDY thinks I’m gay, JULIE thinks I’m a lesbian.”

Michael Dorsey is a talented New York actor most well-known for his work as a tomato. “Nobody does vegetables like me,” he has said. But he’s also notororiously difficult to work with and can’t get a job to save his life. So what else would any self-respecting thespian do but don a dress and go out for the soap opera role his friend Sandy wanted? The surprising thing is that everyone buys it although Dorothy Michaels looks a lot like, well, Dustin Hoffman in drag.

But Dorothy/Michel isn’t satisfied with a steady job and sharing a dressing room with model-like, exercising-in-her-bra loving castmate April (“What kind of mother would I be if I didn’t give my girls tits… tips?”). He has to go and fall in love with the show’s star and doormat, Julie, also the current paramour of the sleazy director, while trying to hide all of this from Sandy, who has proclaimed his feminine alter ego cow-like.

What’s a girl – um, guy – to do? Continue with this charade forever, or tell Julie how he feels and risk losing everything? We all know the answer to that one.

Most recently Michael can be seen appearing in pretentious off-off-off-Broadway plays, but rumor has it that he’ll be doing Surreal Life stint as Dorothy Michaels.

IMDB | The Surreal Life site

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