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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 (, the evening would be a highlight of the summer season as members gathered …

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Thursday, October 5, 2017


[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. ( It…

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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

SUTTON FOSTER Highlights Caramoor Summer Festival by David Dow Bentley III

It was my first visit to the elegant estate of CARAMOOR. This legacy of the original owners, Walter & Lucie Rosen, became what is now the Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts near Kato…

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Thursday, September 7, 2017

GATLIN BROTHERS Concert to Benefit Hurricane Harvey Victims by David Dow Bentley III

It has been more than a decade since my first enthusiastic comments about Houston’s multi-talented actor/singer/director, Steven Fenley, and the treasured Texas Repertory Theatre for which…

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Sunday, July 9, 2017

Theatrical Whirlwind for ATCA San Francisco by David Dow Bentley III

[Click any photo to enlarge] #ATCASF17         For members of the American Theatre Critics Association, (AMERICANTHEATRECRITICS.ORG) their recent national conference was a late-sprin…

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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

A Breathtaking WEST SIDE STORY Dances Into the Owen Theatre by David Dow Bentley III

All Photos by DigiSmiles Photography [Click any photo to enlarge] Something quite remarkable is happening at the Owen Theatre in Conroe, Texas. For those within the sound of my journalistic …

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Saturday, May 13, 2017

From Houston Ballet: A MADAME BUTTERFLY of Tragedy and Grace by David Dow Bentley III

[All photos courtesy of Houston Ballet. Photographer: Amitava Sarkar] Whenever I am privileged to report on an important ballet performance, I am reminded of a tender lyric in the legendary …

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Tuesday, May 2, 2017

HSO and 007 Electrify Pavilion Audience by David Dow Bentley III

My two-decade journalistic journey through the delights of countless varied performances I have enjoyed at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion began when I reviewed the Houston Grand Opera p…

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Saturday, April 29, 2017

MUSIC BOX Blends Comedy with Fantasy for Magical Fun by David Dow Bentley III

For a long time I have wondered if the talented quintet of players at Houston’s evermore popular MUSIC BOX nightclub wouldn’t eventually run out of cleverly planned and executed themes f…

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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

FARCE OF NATURE Honors Military & Local Law Enforcement at Crighton by David Dow Bentley III

[Click any photo to enlarge] It’s ShowTime again for the cheerful band of Stage Right Players at Conroe’s Crighton Theatre as they present another of the numerous comedies from Jessie Jo…

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Sunday, April 9, 2017

A Soaring DREAMGIRLS Triumphs in Houston by David Dow Bentley III

[Click any photo to enlarge.] When I first saw the musical, DREAMGIRLS, back in 1982, the Broadway blockbuster was at the beginning of what would become a four-year run on The Great White Wa…

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Wednesday, April 5, 2017

‘Greater Tuna’ Rendition Takes a Tumble at Crighton by David Dow Bentley III

Many years ago in New York I reviewed the opening night of a new musical titled, “The Devil of Delancey Street. I opened my report with these lines: Richard Nixon famously remarked, “I a…

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Thursday, March 16, 2017

Musical Artistry Prevails on Night of YTA Gala and Concert of Finalists by David Dow Bentley III

[Click Any Photo to Enlarge]  There was an atmosphere of celebration last weekend here in Texas. As folks looked forward to the end of winter’s dark days and the arrival of Daylight Savin…

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Wednesday, March 8, 2017

A “DREAMCOAT” Dream Come True from Class Act by David Dow Bentley III

[Click any photo to enlarge.] It’s that time again. Now entering its 20th season with this 60th production, it seems that every six or seven years Class Act Productions mounts another bril…

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Monday, March 6, 2017

BROADWAY returns to Houston via The Music Box Theatre by David Dow Bentley III

I was just beginning to experience withdrawal symptoms after my recent out-of-town travels, but all is well now following my recent return to The Music Box Theatre for the current delightful…

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Sunday, February 26, 2017

Splendid Music & Dance Highlight “AN AMERICAN IN PARIS” at TUTS by David Dow Bentley III

[CLICK ANY PHOTO TO ENLARGE] It comes as no surprise that the treasured music and lyrics of George & Ira Gershwin can still produce a winner for Broadway. That fact is made abundantly cl…

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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

A Glorious MY FAIR LADY at Crighton Theatre by David Dow Bentley III

[ Click Any Photo to Enlarge ] It’s literally “off to the races,” for another Stage Right blockbuster with the arrival of the current production of MY FAIR LADY at the Crighton Theatre…

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Saturday, February 11, 2017

An Extra Special EXTRATERRESTRIAL from Houston Symphony’s “E.T.” by David Dow Bentley III

It was an extraordinary one-night-only event at Jones Hall last Thursday when the Houston Symphony took its place on stage below a large movie screen that was about to display a sensational …

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Thursday, December 8, 2016

The “Wonderful Life” of Donna Reed Remembered at Lambs Club Screening by David Dow Bentley III

It was a holiday season event that had been long in the planning by Shepherd of The Lambs, Marc Baron. As the titular leader of America’s oldest theatrical club, Baron wanted to share Fran…

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Friday, November 18, 2016

JERSEY BOYS Has Hobby Center Crowds Cheering by David Dow Bentley III

[ All Photos by Jeremy Daniel. Click any photo to enlarge. ] It has been more than a decade now since I had the pleasure of seeing the Tony Award-winning Broadway hit, JERSEY BOYS, in the Bi…

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Sunday, November 13, 2016

Tony DeSare Dazzles Houston Pops Audience on the Ivories by David Dow Bentley III

  They say “seeing is believing,” but for those lucky enough to attend Opening Night of this weekend’s Houston Symphony Pops concert, “I Love a Piano,” the astonishing performance…

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Monday, November 7, 2016


Music fans who enjoy science fiction may be reminded of H.G. Wells’ “The Time Machine” during their next visit to Houston’s popular Music Box Theatre. The company’s current product…

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Sunday, October 30, 2016

HOW TO SUCCEED …With Broadway Fun! by David Dow Bentley III

[Click any photo to enlarge. All photos by Os Galindo] Ever since its opening on The Great White Way more than half a century ago in 1961, composer Frank Loesser’s witty musical satire on …

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