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.
Feb

ANNA KARENINA

Anna Karenina at the Actors Coop takes on difficult material and succeeds in showing us a beautiful interpretation of the literature.

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Feb

Witness Uganda

Witness Uganda playing now at the Wallis is a unique musical with a style and sound – all its own. It's made even more interesting because of the catchy songs, choreography and phenomenal singers in this production.

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Feb

SWEENEY TODD - THE DEMON BARBER OF FLEET STREET

There is nothing particularly new here that raises this production above the multitudes that came before, but any version of Sweeney Todd that is pulled off capably, as this one is, is worth your time.

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Feb

MAN OF GOD

East West Players' production Man of God is a powerful and effective reminder of the physical and psychological tolls that women in society experience.

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Jan

The Cripple of Inishmaan

The script is thought provoking but very down to earth. You're never thinking, “oh that's clever that's something you would hear in a play.”

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Jan

Last Call

Last Call is not perfect, but it's a solid production about a complex topic. And for that alone it's worth exploring.

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Jan

Gray People (2019 Extension)

The focused direction from Sebastian Munoz and the engaging performances from a game cast take you on a fun, but seriously dark romp in the woods.

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Jan

1776 THE MUSICAL

History buffs and musical fans will get a kick out of 1776, currently running at the LA Mirada Performing Arts Center. It's a great historical drama that stood and still stands on its own as a quality work of musical theatre.

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Jan

CULTURE CLASH (STILL) IN AMERICA

It's funny, and the comedians have some very thoughtful scenes that bring a human face and heart to very serious and difficult topics.

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Jan

Desert Rats

Desert Rats' ability to pull comedy from some ridiculous places helps create characters that are memorable enough to put it at the top tier of these types of stories.

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Dec

HANSEL AND GRETEL

“Hansel and Gretel” is the kind of show that if you haven't been to the opera in a while truly might get the opera bug to bite you once more. It's very accessible as an English opera [that's] well done and enjoyable.

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Dec

White Nights, Black Paradise

The play could benefit from a focus on a few of the main characters and still succeed in telling the message it set out to tell.

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Nov

My Date With Death - A Musical Romance

My Date with Death has two very talented singers and performers but the show lacks a strong center bringing all of the songs together into one complete entertaining show.

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Nov

Blue Surge

The Sixty-Six Theatre Company performs Blue Surge with the light melancholic pacing and demeanor the material calls for.

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Nov

VALLEY OF THE HEART

Valley of the Heart weaves a strong narrative by avoiding spectacle and instead keeps the story grounded with interesting characters and a strong message about humanity.

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Oct

The Other Place

Chance Theatre takes on a challenging play with the help of two strong leads in Jacqueline Wright and Ron Hastings. That being said, the show misses the mark at really creating an intriguing psychological mystery due to missed comedic and dramatic opportunities.

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Sep

A NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN

A Night With Janis Joplin is loud, vigorous, and colorful! If you walk in as a conscientious fan, I have no doubt you'll leave besotted.

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Aug

The Glass Menagerie

ICT's rendition of The Glass Menagerie is one of the better plays I've seen in 2018, and the best play I've experienced at the ICT theatre in Long Beach. It stays faithful to the material and each character is allowed to shine.

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Aug

What Happened When

While the concepts and themes presented in "What Happened When" are stark and thought provoking, inconsistent dialogue and performances hinder the production from reaching it's full potential.

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Jun

Still...The Play Inspired by 4:44

The story works because the characters work. Each character is distinct and they all come with unique challenges.

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