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.
Apr

POOR YELLA REDNECKS

It's hilarious and irreverent. The language and visuals illustrate Nguyen's creativity and inventiveness.

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Apr

The Niceties

The production provokes thought about, history, debate, race, education and many other topics but the portrait laid out of the modern millennial may limit an even deeper conversation between two very engaging actresses on the Gil Cates Stage.

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Apr

Les Miz And Friends! A Puppet Parody

While the play makes a lot of really good points about Les Mis, the topical jokes aren't funny enough or varied enough to warrant the length of this production.

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Apr

Next to Normal

The Wayward Artist produced not only a relevant piece of art work. They also created a highly relatable and funny production, that shines with some magical moments and a few hiccups along the way.

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Apr

STEEL MAGNOLIAS

"One of the best acting ensembles of the past few years, there isn't a weak link in the entire cast. Everything just works!"

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Apr

Argonautika

Many of these adventures are massive in scale, but they were able to creatively find fun alternatives over needlessly large special effects to tell the story.

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Apr

The Mother of Henry

There is a sweetness in the sincerity of this production. It's like I'm going on a journey in the writer's mind, hearing her unique thoughts on history, life, religion and love.

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Mar

Maple and Vine

Sarah Ripper's direction of this production is even and very efficient. The actors cover a lot of ground with a minimal amount of movement.

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Mar

Suprema

Suprema is a quick, fun, straight forward comedy with plenty of jokes, some history and powerful women. What else could you want?

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Mar

Canyon

The show is a ballet of different perspectives and thoughts, but it doesn't feel thrown in there--it works in the template created by this play.

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Mar

1=0

The characters, plot-lines and direction, veer way to safe instead of embracing the weird artistic style in my view. The atmosphere stayed stagnant and the acting was too sedated.

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Mar

LACKAWANNA BLUES

When the narrative is centered around Nanny and her strong personality many of the stories are interesting and downright captivating.

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Mar

Hype Man

In Idris Goodwin's Hype Man playing at the Fountain Theatre, the hype man, the MC and even the DJ, receive equal recognition. In this well directed play about hip-hop, identity and standing up for what you believe in.

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Mar

Othello

A Noise Within's Production of Othello is great Shakespeare, but I'm not convinced it's necessarily a great adaptation.

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Mar

THE CEMETERY CLUB

I cried, I laughed. This may be ordinary material, whatever ordinary means. But this is not an ordinary cast, and this is not in any way an ordinary production.

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Mar

The Glass Menagerie

A Noise Within's production of this classic Tennessee Williams play utilizes the memory play concept in some very creative and experimental ways.

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Mar

Life Could Be A Dream

Life Could Be A Dream at the International City Theatre is a throwback for those people who like throwbacks with good classic music.

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Feb

Lights Out: Nat "King" Cole

Anchored by the incredible talent of Dule Hill this is the true definition of a must-see show! An Exceptional Show!

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Feb

RAGTIME: THE MUSICAL

It's a master work, showing struggle, inequality and racial injustice that highlights humanity at our darkest, but also tries its best to project an idealistic vision of how life could be.

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Feb

America Adjacent

American Adjacent at the Skylight Theatre is an eye opener and a tiny peak into the Filipino immigrant experience and psyche.

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