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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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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 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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