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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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Wednesday, October 26, 2016

ADDAMS FAMILY’s Spooky Hilarity Launches Halloween Season at Crighton by David Dow Bentley III

I think it can be safely said that in my many pleasant years of reviewing productions at the Crighton Theatre, I have never laughed harder than I did last Saturday night when doubled up in h…

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Tuesday, October 11, 2016

A True “MADE IN TEXAS” Family Affair at Music Box by David Dow Bentley III

It was a night to showcase the singers & songwriters of the Lone Star State, and the stars of Houston’s Music Box Theater were certainly up to the challenge with their latest productio…

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Thursday, October 6, 2016

“MURDER” With Extra Mayhem from TWHS Theatre by David Dow Bentley III

There is a certain buzz of energy, excitement and enthusiasm before the curtain goes up on a high school theatrical production. I remember it well from my schooldays as a young actor in New …

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Tuesday, September 27, 2016


  It would be a day full of exquisite music. In the afternoon I had the pleasure of viewing a telecast of the American Film Institute’s Life Achievement Award, a presentation honoring bri…

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Wednesday, September 21, 2016

TUTS Delights from IN THE HEIGHTS by David Dow Bentley III

[Click any photo to enlarge] In 2008 a musical called IN THE HEIGHTS exploded on Broadway to begin what would become a three-year run on the Great White Way that has been followed with count…

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Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Crighton’s BLITHE SPIRIT is a Ghostly Affair by David Dow Bentley III

[Click any photo to enlarge] After a pleasant summer visiting family and friends in the generally cooler northeast regions of New York and New England, and despite the lingering summer heat …

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Monday, June 13, 2016

Frothy Fun from Off-Broadway’s MARVELOUS WONDERETTES by David Dow Bentley III

When Christina Bianco (Missy), Diana Degarmo (Suzy), Jenna Leigh Green (Cindy Lou), and Sally Schwab (Betty Jean) come bouncing onto the stage of Off-Broadway’s intimate 100-seat Kirk Thea…

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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 [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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