Registered Critic: Patrick Chavis - LA Theatre Bites

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

I Decided I’m Fine: A Roach Play

The Attic Collective continues their streak of quality entertainment with this outstanding production.

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Feb

Frankenstein

Stunning visuals, electric performances and gorgeous choreography, combine into a truly compelling experience.

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Feb

Fun Home

When I think of fun, I think of lighthearted, easy-going excitement, and this ironically named show is certainly not something I would consider fun. It is, however, a tear-jerking and spellbinding look into one woman’s innermost thoughts and memories.

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Feb

The Father

This is a wild ride of a play. The writer Florian Zeller is a genius. The show is disarming, real and at the same time surreal.

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Feb

CANCELED - A BODY OF WATER

Body of Water is successfully told and like the other Blessing offerings I’ve viewed almost razor like in its attempt to explore an idea or concept. I gasped while watching this, so I was connected enough to feel something [for the characters on stage].  

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Jan

The Water Tribe

"[The Water Tribe] left me thinking about the characters days and days after I had seen it." 8 out of 10 - A GOOD SHOW!

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Jan

Charley's Aunt

The production suffers from having too much story set up and nowhere near as much
payback in the comedy or shock department. The acting and direction seemed scattered.

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Dec

Disposable Necessities

There's some diabolical stuff going on in this play, and it's so much fun. The show's got shocks, laughs, and it leaves you with something to think about after you've left the theater. Fans of science fiction, this is not the show to miss.

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Dec

For The Loyal

The Sixty-Six Theatre Company presents you with a thought provoking and current examination of a very controversial topic with excellent casting.

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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 on 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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