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About The People's Critic

David Dow Bentley III, writes columns about the performing arts which are featured in newspapers from the East Coast to the Gulf Coast. A member of the American Theatre Critics Association (ATCA), The International Theatre Critics Association, and America's oldest theatrical club, The Lambs, he also had long service as the editor of The Lambs' Script magazine. Mr. Bentley may be contacted via e-mail at ThePeoplesCritic3@gmail.com.

Texas Rep Celebrates Rosemary “TENDERLY”

By DAVID DOW BENTLEY III   “The People’s Critic” They say that “timing is everything,” but after a pandemic year-and-a-half of being unable to fly back east from Texas to visit the bulk of my family, I am now having the … Continue reading

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Donny Edwards Gives a Royal “TRIBUTE TO THE KING”

By DAVID DOW BENTLEY III      “The People’s Critic” Last weekend, after a year of repeated pandemic-related concert rescheduling, the Crighton Theatre’s much anticipated, and long-delayed opening night of “An Authentic Tribute to the King,” had finally arrived to the delight … Continue reading

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“FOOTLOOSE” Brings Joyous Revival to the Owen Theatre

By DAVID DOW BENTLEY III    “The People’s Critic” [All photos by Trevor Hall Photography. Click any photo to enlarge.] It seems to be happening bit by bit. The pre-pandemic world we once knew is creeping its way back toward the … Continue reading

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ODD COUPLE Offers Theatrical Light at the End of Pandemic Tunnel

By DAVID DOW BENTLEY III “The People’s Critic” [PHOTOS BY: Michael Pittman. Click any photo to enlarge.] Perhaps William Shakespeare was not predicting our approaching Texas pandemic winter storm when he wrote the line, “…Now is the winter of our … Continue reading

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Musical Joy Returns to the Crighton via “PETER PAN”

By DAVID DOW BENTLEY III   “The People’s Critic” Peter Pan, the classic 1954 musical now playing at the historic Crighton Theatre in Conroe, Texas, is my first childhood memory of being fascinated by a Broadway show. Mom & Dad had … Continue reading

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WHO CAN HELP?

 WHO CAN HELP?As we are all aware the problem of hunger in the country is becoming extremely serious and this is a perfect time to take some steps to alleviate that. Below is a link to an easy site where … Continue reading

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Brilliant Minnelli Performance Seems a Song for Our Time

By DAVID DOW BENTLEY III “The People’s Critic” It was back in another century and another world when I first became aware of a rising talent named LIZA MINNELLI. It was a simpler time in America and the world, and … Continue reading

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CINDERELLA Event Supports the Actor’s Fund

My sources tell me that this YouTube video of the classic 1957 Rodgers and Hammerstein’s  “Cinderella,” will be available (in support of http://www.TheActorsFund.org/Cinderella), just today, Saturday, March 25th, and tomorrow Sunday, March 26th. One or both of the two links … Continue reading

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Pandemic Relief from Houston’s MUSIC BOX THEATER

By DAVID DOW BENTLEY III     “The People’s Critic” [Click Any Photo to Enlarge] Is there musical theater after Covid-19? You betcha! And Houston’s MUSIC BOX THEATER is prepared to prove it to you. But before I get into that, let … Continue reading

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In Spite of the Crisis, Broadway Bows to “The King” Once More

By DAVID DOW BENTLEY III     “The People’s Critic” On this National Day of Prayer, please allow me to answer one prayer of my own, that this pandemic crisis currently circling the globe would not forever silence ThePeoplesCritic.com. Let me first … Continue reading

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