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.
Jun

Public Comment, a New Musical

Public Comment is mildly entertaining but doesn't have enough substantial comedic drama to really last in the audience's mind.

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Jun

Anxiety Written

Jessica is an excellent storyteller and her real-life situations are not only relatable but the stories are genuinely funny.

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Jun

What Went Wrong

Good concept, not fully realized. For someone looking for a new experience, this will scratch that a little, but not much.

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Jun

Buy One, Get Two Free!

This is a quick show that's passably funny but not for the audience member who's looking for something more substantial.

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Jun

Strong.

The acting from the dramatic parts in Strong are solid but when the added humor is added in. It just doesn't work as well.

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Jun

Paris Syndrome

Buran is a clever comedian and had the crowd authentically laughing. What else do you need? 8.8 out of 10 - A GREAT SHOW!!!!

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Jun

Katy and Jennifer

The dialogue in this show is thoughtful and both Johnson and Kopp deliver on stage a friendship you really can believe in.

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Jun

Fuchou With Bourbon

I find some serious potential in this work but a stronger focus on character development could take this play somewhere greater.

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Apr

Native Son

Native Son stays pretty close to the source material with modern improvements and a talented cast that shouldn't be missed.

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Nov

Kaidan

A Masterpiece work … 10 out of 10…. The experience is similar to a haunted house experience but with the design sensibility of a very artistic Japanese individual. My mind is still reeling from the experience.

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Nov

BRIGHT STAR

Bright Star" [is a] folk musical that weaves the stories of it's characters through colorful song, dance and dialogue in what amounts to a truly crowd pleasing experience.

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Oct

HELLO STRANGER

There's a good story hidden in the production playing now but it's lost in there and the great moments and actors can't hold the energy.

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Sep

Silent Sky

While the play falls a bit flat in a few dull scenes, as the main subject material in my opinion is lacking in any major conflict, other humorous, romantic and musical parts, though apparently contrived, help liven up the production.

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Sep

American Home

It's interesting, emotional, and filled with love--love from one character to another, and love from author Stephanie Alison Walker for people caught in the housing crisis.

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Jul

The Cake

Cake tries to find understanding between two types of people and often succeeds in humanizing both sides in a very difficult topic for some to discuss. 

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Jun

Under The Jello Mold

Under the Jello Mold is a tough balancing act of portraying a very dramatic and vibrant women and Jennie Fahn was the perfect person to tell this story.

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Jun

Apocalypse Play

Apocalypse Play packs serious laughs, good writing and interesting characters. But it lacks important context for much of the action that goes on in the play.

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Jun

Narsociety - The Social Media Shaming Musical

Narsociety does a lot of things right but makes it hard to suspend belief at certain moments hurting the direction of other important aspects of the show.

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Jun

Bone Woman

The actress is talented playing many different characters. Still, It's hard to pin down exactly what the plot is and the show takes almost an hour to get its point across. The promotional material makes it seem creepy or horrific in some way but it's incredibly tame.

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Jun

Charlatan: Secrets of the Victorian Psychics

I enjoyed an interesting concept but it needs to be developed and the host needs to be more enthusiastic.

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