Author Archives: The People's Critic

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 Lambs Club, he is also editor of The Lambs' Script. Mr. Bentley may be contacted via e-mail at ThePeoplesCritic@earthlink.net.

ELEPHANT MAN a Courageous Departure for Crighton Theatre

Fans of the historic Crighton Theatre in Conroe, Texas, are well-acquainted with the high quality work of its resident company, STAGE RIGHT PRODUCTIONS, all under the guidance of producers, Carolyn & Steven Wong. As a general rule, the company often … Continue reading

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“BROADWAY” Returns to Houston at the Music Box

Yes, it’s happily that time again. Spring is here, and Houston’s evermore popular MUSIC BOX cabaret is presenting its 2018 edition of “Broadway at the Box.” This little troupe of five very talented players, and their equally talented 5-piece G-SHARP … Continue reading

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Stellar Ensemble Illuminates TUTS Production of BRIGHT STAR

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 shortage of charms. A delightful collaboration of music and story … Continue reading

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For YOUNG TEXAS ARTISTS, You Can Go Home Again

[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 Again,” but perhaps you really can. I can’t recall just how … Continue reading

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A Houston Symphony Concert Worthy of an OSCAR®

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 an award-winner in the opinion of those fortunate to be in the Jones … Continue reading

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Class Act’s HUNCHBACK Takes on Amazing Challenges

  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 performances while becoming one of the most widely recognized and … Continue reading

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A Broadway-Worthy MEMPHIS from Houston’s TUTS

[ 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 finale. That is the … Continue reading

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