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Thursday, March 14, 2019

A 35th Anniversary Triumph for YOUNG TEXAS ARTISTS by David Dow Bentley III

By David Dow Bentley III   “The People’s Critic” [Click any photo to enlarge] In the book of Ecclesiastes 3:1 (KJV), scripture reminds us, “To every thing there is a season…” a…

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Thursday, March 7, 2019

MUSIC BOX Offers Another Lullaby to Old Broadway by David Dow Bentley III

By DAVID DOW BENTLEY III   “The People’s Critic” The Texas-sized excitement of our city’s annual Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo was just minutes away, but over at the nearby Mu…

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Thursday, February 28, 2019

TUTS’ Latest “MAMMA MIA!” tops them all! by David Dow Bentley III

By DAVID DOW BENTLEY III     “The People’s Critic” [All Photos by Melissa Taylor. Click any photo to enlarge.] Regular readers of this column may recall that when it comes to revie…

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Thursday, February 21, 2019

Houston Symphony Celebrates ELLA FITZGERALD by David Dow Bentley III

By DAVID DOW BENTLEY III     “The People’s Critic” I don’t remember the exact details of the performance, but sometime in the late 1970’s or early 80’s, I recall viewing one …

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Thursday, February 14, 2019

A Dazzling “42nd STREET” Thunders on to Crighton’s Stage by David Dow Bentley III

[All Photos by David W. Clements / DWC Photography. Click any photo to enlarge] Even if you have not yet been a lucky audience member for Stage Right’s new production of the legendary Broa…

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Saturday, November 17, 2018

Courageous and Shattering NORMAL HEART from Lone Star College by David Dow Bentley III

By DAVID DOW BENTLEY III       www.ThePeoplesCritic.com For weeks Americans across this land have been virtually paralyzed with a sense of desperation and hopeless despair as they watc…

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Thursday, November 8, 2018

Musical Soap Opera a New 80’s Twist at the Music Box by David Dow Bentley III

By DAVID DOW BENTLEY III Regular customers of The Music Box Theatre (and there are plenty of them filling the house at each performance), are very familiar with the way each month-long produ…

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Sunday, November 4, 2018

LONE STAR LYRIC and Kelli Estes Are a Perfect Match for Broadway Music by David Dow Bentley III

By David Dow Bentley III     www.ThePeoplesCritic.com      [Click any photo to enlarge] And speaking of a “match,” the wonderful “BROADWAY LIGHTS” production Miss Estes’ L…

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Wednesday, October 31, 2018

“W I Z” Fans Ease on Down the Road to TUTS by David Dow Bentley III

By DAVID DOW BENTLEY III   www.ThePeoplesCritic.com It was just before curtain time when Dan Knechtges, the very enthusiastic Artistic Director of Houston’s Theatre Under the Stars, step…

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Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Stage Right’s Enchanting Journey INTO THE WOODS by David Dow Bentley III

The music of Broadway composer, Stephen Sondheim, is unusually complex and sophisticated, but sometimes considerably dark as well. It would never be confused with the cheerful Rodgers & …

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Thursday, October 18, 2018

Dancing is the star of Class Act’s THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE by David Dow Bentley III

By DAVID DOW BENTLEY III     www.ThePeoplesCritic.com [All photos by Tracy Robinson/spryART. Click any photo to enlarge.] It would be another terrific musical offering from Montgomery Co…

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Wednesday, October 10, 2018

The Wondrous Blend of Houston Symphony, ABBA, and RAJATON by David Dow Bentley III

By DAVID DOW BENTLEY III   www.ThePeoplesCritic.com It was a night of music that I dare say will not be soon forgotten by those of us blessed to be in the Jones Hall audience for the Houst…

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Friday, September 28, 2018

K. D. Lang Captivates Adoring Fans at Houston’s Jones Hall by David Dow Bentley III

By David Dow Bentley III   http://www.ThePeoplesCritic.com With a one-night performance in Houston Symphony’s Jones Hall, it was more than a concert. It was truly a blockbuster event whe…

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Monday, September 24, 2018

Music Box Fulfills its Promise to KEEP IT BRASSY by David Dow Bentley III

By DAVID DOW BENTLEY III       www.ThePeoplesCritic.com The talented cast on stage at Houston’s popular nightclub, THE MUSIC BOX THEATRE, included most of “the usual suspects,” m…

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Thursday, September 20, 2018

SAVANNAH Laughter Rocks the Crighton by David Dow Bentley III

By DAVID DOW BENTLEY III www.ThePeoplesCritic.com It’s hard to believe that STAGE RIGHT PRODUCTIONS has just completed its first decade as the resident company in Montgomery County’s cro…

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Friday, September 14, 2018

Twin Pleasures Illuminate TUTS Production of OKLAHOMA! by David Dow Bentley III

[ All Photos by MELISSA TAYLOR.  Click any photo to enlarge ] There is bittersweet irony in the fact that the supremely joyful current OKLAHOMA! production from Theatre Under the Stars bega…

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Saturday, August 18, 2018

Anderson Twins’ “SUMMIT” Celebrates Luminaries of the American Songbook by David Dow Bentley III

[Click any photo to enlarge] For the ever-growing Big Apple fan base of the musically gifted young Anderson Twins (Peter & Will), it will come as no surprise that they are now in the mid…

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Saturday, June 23, 2018

A Seemingly Ageless TOMMY TUNE Charms Fans at the Paramount by David Dow Bentley III

It was yet another coup for the magnificently restored 1930 Paramount Theater in the quaint Hudson Valley town of Peekskill, and it graced that stage on the recent afternoon of Father’s D…

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Monday, April 30, 2018

Houston Symphony Presents THE BEST OF JOHN WILLIAMS by David Dow Bentley III

  Earlier this season the Houston Symphony returned from it first major European tour in two decades. There had been triumphant performances in such cities as Brussels, Warsaw, Vienna, …

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Tuesday, April 24, 2018

ELEPHANT MAN a Courageous Departure for Crighton Theatre by David Dow Bentley III

Fans of the historic Crighton Theatre in Conroe, Texas, are well-acquainted with the high quality work of its resident company, STAGE RIGHT PRODUCTIONS, all under the guidance of producers, …

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Sunday, March 25, 2018

“BROADWAY” Returns to Houston at the Music Box by David Dow Bentley III

Yes, it’s happily that time again. Spring is here, and Houston’s evermore popular MUSIC BOX cabaret is presenting its 2018 edition of “Broadway at the Box.” This litt…

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Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Stellar Ensemble Illuminates TUTS Production of BRIGHT STAR by David Dow Bentley III

With claims of being “inspired by real events,” and with fine direction from Walter Bobbie, the current Theatre Under the Stars production of the Broadway musical, BRIGHT STAR, has no sh…

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Saturday, March 17, 2018

For YOUNG TEXAS ARTISTS, You Can Go Home Again by David Dow Bentley III

[Click any photo to enlarge. All Photos courtesy of Young Texas Artists and Susan Love Fitts Communications.] The title of Thomas Wolfe’s well-known novel declares, “You Can’t Go Home …

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Wednesday, March 7, 2018

A Houston Symphony Concert Worthy of an OSCAR® by David Dow Bentley III

Perfectly timed to coincide with this month’s Hollywood excitement of the Academy Awards ceremony, the recent Houston Symphony concert titled The Oscars®: Best Original Songs was surely a…

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Sunday, March 4, 2018

Class Act’s HUNCHBACK Takes on Amazing Challenges by David Dow Bentley III

  PHOTOS: Courtesy of Class Act [Click any photo to enlarge] For over two decades Class Act Productions has astonished audiences in The Woodlands, Texas with the quality of its performa…

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Monday, February 26, 2018

A Broadway-Worthy MEMPHIS from Houston’s TUTS by David Dow Bentley III

[ Click any photo to enlarge. ] All Photos by MELISSA TAYLOR Every so often a great musical comes along with an opening number that is so spell-binding it seems like it should be a grand fin…

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Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Carolyn Wong Triumphs in Crighton’s “DOLLY” by David Dow Bentley III

After a historically sad and troubling week for Americans aware of the tragic events in Florida, the abundant joy that is now being offered by the Stage Right Players production of HELLO DOL…

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Tuesday, January 23, 2018

For Fascinating “BALLS,” There’s No Business Like Busy-Business by David Dow Bentley III

[ Click any photo to enlarge. All photos by Russ Rowland. ] As a modest player myself, and a frequent fan of the major tennis championships, I’ve been currently suffering my annual frustra…

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Friday, December 8, 2017

CROSS THAT RIVER Reveals a Little-Known Cowboy World by David Dow Bentley III

[Click any photo to enlarge] It is not at all unusual for something special to be going on at one of New York’s most sophisticated theatrical venues, the 59E59 Theatres. That tradition is …

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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

The Lambs Meet the Nighthawks at Iguana by David Dow Bentley III

[CLICK ANY PHOTO TO ENLARGE] For members of America’s oldest theatrical club, THE LAMBS (https://the-lambs.org/), the evening would be a highlight of the summer season as members gathered …

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Thursday, October 5, 2017

TRIXIE MEETS THE TEXANS AT THE LAMBS by David Dow Bentley III

[Click any photo to enlarge] It was yet another recent weekly night of “Low Jinks” fun for America’s oldest theatrical club, The Lambs, established in 1874. (https://the-lambs.org/) It…

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