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.

SUTTON FOSTER Highlights Caramoor Summer Festival

It was my first visit to the elegant estate of CARAMOOR. This legacy of the original owners, Walter & Lucie Rosen, became what is now the Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts near Katonah, New York. Just an hour … Continue reading

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GATLIN BROTHERS Concert to Benefit Hurricane Harvey Victims

It has been more than a decade since my first enthusiastic comments about Houston’s multi-talented actor/singer/director, Steven Fenley, and the treasured Texas Repertory Theatre for which he would play such an important part. He would ultimately serve as Texas Rep’s … Continue reading

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Theatrical Whirlwind for ATCA San Francisco

[Click any photo to enlarge] #ATCASF17         For members of the American Theatre Critics Association, (AMERICANTHEATRECRITICS.ORG) their recent national conference was a late-spring week overflowing with the delights of the San Francisco theatre scene. The annual convocation moves around the country … Continue reading

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A Breathtaking WEST SIDE STORY Dances Into the Owen Theatre

All Photos by DigiSmiles Photography [Click any photo to enlarge] Something quite remarkable is happening at the Owen Theatre in Conroe, Texas. For those within the sound of my journalistic voice, I would recommend obtaining tickets to the Players Theatre … Continue reading

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From Houston Ballet: A MADAME BUTTERFLY of Tragedy and Grace

[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 Broadway musical, A Chorus Line. It reminds us that “Everything … Continue reading

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HSO and 007 Electrify Pavilion Audience

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 production of Bizet’s CARMEN at the venue back in 1998. In all … Continue reading

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MUSIC BOX Blends Comedy with Fantasy for Magical Fun

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 for their numerous shows each year. Happily, that time has … Continue reading

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