Registered Critic: Patrick Chavis

Patrick Chavis is the creator, designer, podcast/writer and head editor at LA Theatre Bites and The Orange Curtain Review. Starting in 2014 and only covering the Orange County, CA area in 2016 he expanded his reviews to the Los Angeles area with LA Theatre Bites. Because of the massive size of the Los Angeles area and it’s large theatre presence. Patrick decided to create short review podcasts instead of the traditional written review he was writing in the OC.
Jul

Son of a Bitch

Son of Bitch playing at the Broadwater is an intricately woven biographical narrative and a quality work of political theatre worth watching.

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Jun

50 Shades of Melania

Liana puts a lot of effort into this portrayal of Melania, but I don’t know if it goes far enough even for the politically liberal crowd in the audience.

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Jun

GEORGE.

The concept for George is there but it’s dragged down by ineffective and unnecessary narrators, wooden character acting and a cast that needed better direction.

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Jun

Treason

The comedic direction from this play is straight, but the situations are so outlandish the comedy in the scenes speak for themselves, making the straight deadpan approach perfect for the script.

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Jun

How I Became A Superhero

How I Became A Superhero definitely falls into the genre of the comical Superhero story but it lacks good character development.

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Jun

The Book of Briarshire

The Book of Briarshire takes a hero’s story and successfully subverts it. While keeping the storyline interesting and most importantly funny.

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Jun

Start Swimming

Start Swimming's experimental approach can't cover up a lack of ideas when it comes to the message, it’s trying to convey.

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Jun

An Excuse To Behave Badly

"An Excuse to Behave Badly" is a simple straight forward comedy but there’s a lot of heart that comes from these funny, relatable characters.

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Jun

The main villain has such a weak backstory. There’s so many Shakespearian stories that have done it better.

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Jun

Grail Project

There's some really good music and singing. The movement is interesting because of how weird and silly it is.
This show is funny and enjoyable.

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Jun

Hoboken

While Hoboken is not perfect, and the characterization is weak. It does cover a topic not often seen in any play I’ve ever watched.

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Jun

Ready Steady Yeti Go

While clever, it lacks a comedic punch with the dialogue, besides the obvious “ it’s funny because they’re kids and they do the darndest things.”

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May

Dead Accounts

The director has an eye for comedy and keeps the action of the characters varied. 8.3 out of 10 - It’s a good show!

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May

THE SECRET GARDEN

If you have the patience to wait through a dragging mystery for some nice chuckles and three or four great moments, you should attend.

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May

FAMOUS

In Famous, Leoni has found his area, where his intense stylistic style works. This is a mature work playing off of his talent in expressing highly dramatic stories.

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May

Revolutions/Revoluciones

The audience is thrust into an interesting, intense physical performance but the surreal story aspects of the play fight with the narrative instead of enhancing the story.

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May

Skylight

In Skylight playing now at the Chance Theatre in Anaheim Hills we once again explore love–the positive, the negative, and its limits in this 2 hour and 20-minute slow burn of a highly watchable theatrical performance.

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Apr

My Thing of Love

The acting and direction are good and fantastic dramatic moments are brought onto the stage by Elizabeth Greig and Brittany Lewis.

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Apr

Telenovela

It's a very simple story with tons of betrayal but the rapid-fire pace of the twists and turns create a predictably that lacks a comedic punch.

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Apr

TINY BEAUTIFUL THINGS

Despite a slight imbalance of drama vs comedy the strong cast and authentic script will bring many to tears and rousing applause.

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