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.
Sep

Skintight

The writer Joshua Harmon is not afraid to take chances with unlikeable characters and in that regard this play is quite brave.

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Sep

Handjob

Handjob has living breathing talking points with dialogue instead of characters that come off in anyway as authentic.

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Aug

The Lonesome West, by Martin McDonagh

The Lonesome West is a strong show that showcases what the Little Fish Theatre company can do with its space and talent.

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Aug

Macbeth

134 West presents William Shakespeare’s Macbeth boasts some fantastic performances in an ineffective setting with space issues.

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Aug

Puffs

Alchemy Theatre Company presents: Puffs at STAGESTheatre in Fullerton. It’s a theatrical feast with an excellent cast, charming story. and non-stop comedy for two hours. This is quality theatre at community theatre prices. More than that – it’s magical!

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Aug

Nick Dear's Frankenstein | California Premiere

A Noise Within’s Frankenstein is a brilliant multilayered exploration of human hubris, the darkest and some of the best parts of what makes us human. It’s a Masterpiece!

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Jul

Ragtime

A musical telling an American story with such passion and great singing — Ragtime at Chance Theater deserves a — you know the rest.

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Jul

Two Naked Angels

Both shorts (Death Unit and Lost Voices) have strong acting but the shows don't really compliment each other.

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Jul

The Last Croissant

The Last Croissant does a great job at story building a silly, creative world around a nature park by using its own special breed of comedy campiness.

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Jul

I'm Jennifer Mother F*cking Lawrence

There's some occasional clever pop culture references and it's mildly entertaining. Hughes pulls off a lot of Jennifer Lawrence's mannerism.

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Jul

What I Never Told You

What I Never Told You uses a highly effective tear-jerking formula for sure, but it doesn’t cover up uninspired dialogue, an unnecessary character and repetitive movement.

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Jul

45 Milligrams

Using impressive physical action, 45 Milligrams weaves an intriguing psychological narrative combined with comedy and suspense.

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Jul

Fight or Flight

It lacks the action the play sets you up for but the relationship dynamics between the coach and the boxer provide a strong backbone for the story.

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Jul

THE HUMAN[OID] EXPERIENCE

While the Human[OID] Experience is funny, it feels like two different plays. That being said, I think this show has potential.

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Jul

Double Falsehood

The plays main character and villain has such weak backstory. There's just so many Shakespearian plays that have done it better.

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Jul

Supportive White Parents

The play doesn't cover any uncharted ground but the infused addition of her Filipino background with her commentary on White and Asian Cultural differences makes the show fresh.

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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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