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Thursday, May 12, 2016

Music and Youthful Enthusiasm Take Flight on Crighton Stage by David Dow Bentley III

On a pleasant Conroe Saturday night last weekend a parade of young area talent was spotlighted at the Crighton Theatre in a show aptly titled, “Come Fly with Me.” Hosting the program was…

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Sunday, May 8, 2016

Merry Mayhem from a “GENTLEMAN” at the Hobby Center by David Dow Bentley III

[Click any photo to enlarge] My recent trip to Houston’s Hobby Center to view the current national tour production of the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical, “A Gentleman’s Guide to L…

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Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Houston “…roads take me home…” to the Music Box by David Dow Bentley III

Yes, John Denver’s old country classic, “Country Roads,” is still buzzing around in my brain after last weekend’s pleasant opportunity to reacquaint myself with the popular Houston v…

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Tuesday, April 19, 2016

“RUMORS” Leaves Farce Fans Laughing at Crighton by David Dow Bentley III

[Photos by David Clements-DWC Photography] Followers of the comic genius of playwright, Neil Simon, have another chance to sample his oft-times hilarious repertoire with the current Stage Ri…

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Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Fine Voices Highlight TUTS “OLIVER!” by David Dow Bentley III

[All Photos by Christian Brown – Click any photo to enlarge] There is a pivotal moment in the Charles Dickens classic tale, “Oliver Twist,” when the hungry and naïve young orphan,…

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Sunday, March 27, 2016

A “CABARET” Miracle for Houston by David Dow Bentley III

 All photos by Joan Marcus from the 2016 National Touring cast of Roundabout Theatre Company’s CABARET. [Click any photo to enlarge] It is the early 1930’s in Berlin and the powerful r…

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Thursday, March 24, 2016

Frothy Fun from “SWEET POTATO QUEENS” at TUTS by David Dow Bentley III

By DAVID DOW BENTLEY III www.ThePeoplesCritic.com [Click any photo to enlarge] For those seeking relief from the seemingly endless woes that newscasters assault us with on a daily basis, the…

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Sunday, March 20, 2016

YOUNG TEXAS ARTISTS Celebrated with Bach, Beethoven & Barbecue by David Dow Bentley III

[Click any photo to enlarge] There are those rare occasions in life when it seems the stars are fully in alignment. Such was the case on Saturday night last weekend in Conroe, Texas, when af…

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Thursday, March 17, 2016

AT TUTS: It’s a Jolly Holiday with MARY POPPINS by David Dow Bentley III

[Click Any Photo to Enlarge] It was the opening week for the new Theatre Under the Stars production of the ever-popular Broadway musical, MARY POPPINS. Though it was a school night, there wa…

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Monday, March 7, 2016

Houston Symphony Celebrates Goodman with Bennett’s Virtuosity by David Dow Bentley III

It was a night of dazzling music that will be long remembered by those fortunate enough to attend one of the three dazzling performances with which the Houston Symphony closed out “leap we…

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Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Magic Prevails in Houston Ballet’s SLEEPING BEAUTY by David Dow Bentley III

[Click any photo to enlarge] A glorious evening would begin on a briefly awkward note. Never in my two decades as a performing arts critic have I ever failed to arrive well in advance of cur…

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Wednesday, February 24, 2016

A MERMAID of Pure Theatrical Joy by David Dow Bentley III

[Click any photo to enlarge] It is always a pleasure when a fine pit orchestra sets the tone for a delightful musical even before the curtain rises. Such is the case when gifted music direct…

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Thursday, February 18, 2016

THE PRODUCERS Explodes Across the Crighton Stage by David Dow Bentley III

[Click any photo to enlarge. All photos by Michael Pittman] By DAVID DOW BENTLEY III www.ThePeoplesCritic.com Old timers will remember early television’s Ed Sullivan and his long-running v…

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Saturday, February 6, 2016

A Symphonic SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN by David Dow Bentley III

How appropriate that on this Super Bowl weekend the Houston Symphony has chosen to screen a super movie with 1952’s MGM musical classic, SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN, starring Hollywood l…

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Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Surprising Houston Symphony Event Leaves Keillor Fans Smiling by David Dow Bentley III

Those who say, “You can’t go home again,” have probably never enjoyed A Prairie Home Companion, and its weekly PBS radio journeys to host Garrison Keillor’s fabled hometown of Lake W…

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Thursday, December 17, 2015

Twin Pleasures for Jazz Greats Basie & Ellington by David Dow Bentley III

For those of us fortunate enough to have become familiar with the brilliant musical talents of the Anderson Twins (via their previous successes with Le Jazz Hot and Those Fabulous Dorseys at…

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Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Jopling Brings Joy to the World at Peekskill’s Paramount by David Dow Bentley III

[Click any photo to enlarge.] For those lucky enough to have been part of last Sunday’s packed house at the PARAMOUNT Hudson Valley Theater in Peekskill, New York, the Christmas season got…

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Thursday, November 19, 2015

A Talented “CINDERELLA” Anchors John Cooper Production by David Dow Bentley III

[ Click any photo to enlarge. ] As much as I enjoy my work reviewing professional performing arts productions of all kinds, there is something refreshing about now and then getting back to b…

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Monday, November 16, 2015

Intimacy and Steve Lippia Triumph in MCPAS Celebration of SINATRA by David Dow Bentley III

I had a wonderful surprise last Saturday night at Conroe’s elegant Crighton Theatre. It had been just exactly one week since my reviewing a sensational Sinatra Centennial concert at Housto…

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Thursday, November 12, 2015

Talent Overcomes Audio Problems in Class Act’s FIDDLER by David Dow Bentley III

The consistent excellence of musical performances from Class Act Productions are well known here in Montgomery County and The Woodlands, Texas. Over at the Nancy Bock Center for the Performi…

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Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Houston Symphony’s SINATRA CENTENNIAL a Spectacular Success by David Dow Bentley III

The Houston Symphony certainly started off this month of November with a sensational concert in Jones Hall. Titled, SINATRA’S CENTENNIAL, the program was a wonderful look back at the count…

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Friday, October 30, 2015

Cheerful ALICE is a Mixed Bag at Texas Rep by David Dow Bentley III

I always enjoy it when my trips to Texas coincide with scheduled productions of the Texas Repertory Theatre. The company’s current cheerful offering of Joan Micklin Silver & Julianne B…

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Thursday, October 29, 2015

CYT’S “PINOCCHIO” BRIGHTENS A RAINY WEEKEND IN TEXAS by David Dow Bentley III

It was arguably the most dismal, rainy and dreary weekend in recent Montgomery County memory, but on the stage of the Crighton Theater in Conroe, Texas, the angelic voices and beaming faces …

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Thursday, October 22, 2015

PIPPIN Charms Houston with Mystery and Magic by David Dow Bentley III

Until the current BROADWAY at the Hobby Center offering, I had somehow never managed to actually see a production of the longtime hit musical, PIPPIN. I recall once reading a lengthy plot su…

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MCPAS Offers a Whirling Good Time from THE SPINNERS by David Dow Bentley III

Last Saturday it was Opening Night for the 37th season of the Montgomery County Performing Arts Society, and the five dazzling stars of the evening comprise the rhythm & blues singing gr…

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Thursday, October 8, 2015

BONNIE & CLYDE Go Underground at TUTS by David Dow Bentley III

[ Click Any Photo to Enlarge ] In these half dozen years since its World Premiere in La Jolla, California, composer Frank Wildhorn’s ambitious musical, BONNIE & CLYDE, has had numerou…

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Thursday, October 1, 2015

A HAUNTING PROGRAM TONIGHT FROM HOUSTON BALLET by David Dow Bentley III

Last week at Houston’s Wortham Theatre Center I had the privilege of attending Thursday’s Opening Night of Houston Ballet’s FALL MIXED REPERTORY, presented in advance of the company’…

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Thursday, September 24, 2015

A Fond Good-Bye to BYE BYE BIRDIE at the Owen Theatre by David Dow Bentley III

[Click any photo to enlarge ] As I put pen to paper for this review, I am reminded of that wise old expression: “Better late than never.” As a critic, I have never been fond of reviewing…

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Thursday, September 17, 2015

Crighton Strikes Gold with “ON GOLDEN POND” by David Dow Bentley III

[ Editor’s Note: Click any photo to enlarge ] There was a special kind of warmth and intimacy coming across the footlights when director, Jim Walker, stepped out on the Crighton Theatr…

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Saturday, September 12, 2015

Epic Concert and Soloist for Houston Symphony at Pavilion by David Dow Bentley III

For those of us fortunate to have homes in The Woodlands, Texas, there have been countless opportunities through the years to enjoy the wonderful concerts of the Houston Symphony Orchestra a…

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Sunday, September 6, 2015

For Rockaway: THE SHOW GOES ON! by David Dow Bentley III

As I close in on completion of two decades of work as a critic, I feel compelled to weigh in on what is surely destined to be one of the great New York City engineering projects of our gener…

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