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.
Nov

Eight Nights

Eight Nights at Antaeus Theatre Company in Glendale covers very powerful subject matter. But even the high caliber cast couldn’t get the narrative to feel more authentic.

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Nov

Key Largo

Key Largo doesn’t have any tricks or flash it just tells the story authentically. If you’re already a fan of the noir drama this might be on the best ones to come out all year.

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Nov

The Great Leap

Great straight-faced acting from Grant Chang, who’s good at playing the straight man in a comedy. Chang steals the show and is surprisingly its beating heart.

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Oct

Operation Ajax

Operation Ajax playing at The Little Fish Theatre in San Pedro based on real events is a dramatized night of political theatre that while informative, lacks a strong sense of tension to really heighten the stakes of the actors of stage.

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Oct

How the Light Gets In

E.M. Lewis and Boston Court deliver a touching and well performed production. Though at times the story wobbles a bit in the end the production comes together for a satisfying tale about the human spirit.

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Sep

The Vandal

Action wise, The Vandal is fairly uneventful, but also comes across as surprisingly lively as both the actors and the direction used is pretty effective. There are a few elements that could have enhanced this moody, dark and comedic drama.

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Sep

The Solid Life of Sugar Water

The strong acting and voice over from the cast pull you in but it’s attached to other moments that seem more interested in poetic language, then actually doing anything interesting.

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Sep

Miss Lilly Gets Boned

This is a fascinating show with great artistic direction. Even with various elements of the script being drastically different from each other, the story still successfully comes together.

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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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