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

TURBULENCE!

The songs are catchy, they stay in your mind, and I'm still randomly thinking Turbulence, Turbulence, after the show. It's a fun show, throw on your space romper and get ready for a shaky ride.

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Jun

Ladies in Waiting: The Judgement of Henry VIII

If you're going to learn about the relationships of King Henry the 8th, this is one of the more entertaining ways to do it. It's cleverly written and strays from getting too heavily historical.

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Jun

Divorce: The Hip-Hop Musical

The show is funny, engaging, interactive and cute in the flyest way. I could see this off-Broadway. It's that good.

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Jun

Podcast

Podcast has potential but the many different storylines make it hard to pin down the message of the play.

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Jun

The Amitycode

The story is predictable in a way because the writer doesn't back away from some usual dramatic choices. Still, I could not predict the end of this show and they end it on a brave note.

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Jun

Fire & Light

This show felt like I was walking into a Terrence Malick Film, except this was better. The immersive experience fills in the blanks and the powerful visuals are seared into your mind.

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Jun

Middleschoolandia

It's a good theatre experience. Using the story and actors, they bring up a lot of interesting topics in a clever and enjoyable way.

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Jun

Buffy Kills Edward: A Musical Romp

While this show isn't going to teach any lessons or break any new ground in the art of storytelling. If you're a fan of the source material, it's a very enjoyable experience.

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Jun

Cheek (and other stories)

There's only about 5-10 minutes in each segment but you laugh, connect with the characters and get the point out of the story with an emotional arch that works.

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Jun

PAIN IN MY ASPERGER'S

It's touching, well done, from the heart but it's a little rough around the edges.

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Jun

LYMAN

There is a good message in the show. But the message overpowers the story in my opinion and it lacks the subtly that comes from mature storytelling.

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May

ACTUALLY

As a critic every once in a while you just run into a show that just "gets it". It manages to be layered without coming off as overly preachy, and it has a cast that works. On the strength of the acting and the writing, Actually at the Geffen Playhouse is one of those plays.

 

 

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Apr

Uncanny Valley

Uncanny Valley is a toned down think piece about intelligence and conciseness with two solid actors leading you through the discussion.

 

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Mar

Elevator

Elevator leaves no stone unturned with a detailed direction and artistic design that shows the brilliance of what modern theatre can accomplish. But it's tied together with a very cliché and done over storyline that could benefit from an update.

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Dec

AMÉLIE, A NEW MUSICAL

It's got that Broadway feel but it could have used more thought. Over quirky direction doesn't hide a lack of good written direction. It's funny , clever and casted wonderfully but big fans of the movie material will most likely be disappointed.

 

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