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.
Nov

Daddy Issues

The play's first act is quite funny because of the writing and acting between the three friends. For fans of Jewish Humor and silly comedic stories, there are many better options than Daddy Issues.

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Nov

Smile

There are substantial parts and a worthwhile story here, but the separate parts needed to create a stronger whole, and they didn't. The lead actress Isabella Feliciana does an admirable job channeling this character's attitude and diction.

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Nov

Actually

Watching this show in an intimate venue, such as the Wayward Artist, brings another layer to this narrative. A closeness. A closeness to these people and characters. It’s an understatement to say that this script has aged so well, and the Wayward Artist gives it the intimate setting this script calls for.

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Oct

The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity

Kristoffer Diaz, the writer of this play, has written a very entertaining and genuinely funny script. The comedy chops in this show are otherworldly. If we are talking about pure unadulterated comedy, this is one of the best comedy shows of the year.

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Sep

Moniece Clark

It's very exposition heavy, and when there is a conversation, the movement is pretty stagnant. Very little actual sense of danger in this play, even when you think it would be there. Ashely Denise Robinson, who plays the mother, Mary Clark, by any measure, in my mind, was perfect and committed in this role.

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Jul

MADE IN AMERICA

It's beautifully told and expressed through traumatic stories while staying comedic. It's a story about resilience, but it also highlights the horrific abuse women deal with cross-culturally. This is how you do a great one-person show.

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Jul

If I Forget

I think there's a strong beating heart behind this play. But it's bogged down with a weird credit card plotline and underutilized characters. It's imperfect, but it is still quite good and very important.

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Jun

DI Lady DI

While it's not incredibly in-depth, it's an excellent refresher on the woman who changed many people's lives. Charlotte interacts well with the audience with a smile that lit up the room.

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Jun

Reconsider Me

This show's quiet, tense scenes made all of the drama worth it. You can just cut the tension with a knife, my god. It was intense.

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Jun

THE TANNER

Die-hard historical fans will get a kick out of this, and the twist is legit. McSherry's acting in this is undeniable even with the lack of any kind of engaging dilemma. 7.8 out of 10 - Above Average!

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Jun

Hamlet

I think this show is zippy enough, even for those who would typically have trouble enjoying a Shakespearean play.

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Jun

In The Heights

It is one of the best shows I’ve seen from this theatre company, and it’s one of the best theatre shows I’ve ever seen. This show has everything: heart, soul, and incredible music. Currently, it’s the best show of the year. 10 out of 10 - A Masterpiece!

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Jun

Sleep with the Angels

What does work in this play is the relationship story between Juana and Alex, the younger gay son played by Saul Nieto. Nieto is great in this role, and you witness these two actors bond on stage, and you root for both of them.

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May

Untitled Baby Play

"Untitled Baby Play" by Nina Braddock is nothing short of a masterpiece. A play that could and should be played in theaters across the country.

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May

THE HOW AND THE WHY

Sarah Treem makes the subject of evolutionary biology the topic the characters talk about a good amount of the play easy enough to digest without it being a learning curve during the show.

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May

Detained

My biggest criticism of this show would be how this show is told theatrically. Is the stand on stage and tell stories method the most optimal way to tell these stories? I think when your shown something instead of just talking about it these stories stick in our heads longer.

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May

Rapunzel Alone

The chemistry between the two main actresses, Tara and Marie, is excellent, and the relationship between the two characters comes to life on stage. Miss Pearce's character is rendered so wonderfully onstage.

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May

Tea

The five actresses in this production were so entertaining. The scenic designer Carlo Maghirang created an exciting atmosphere. It made it feel like a real ghost story. 8 out of 10 - A Good Show!

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May

Holding Court

Courtney plays many different characters in this one-person show transitioning quickly and nailing a lot of the impersonations. I think the balance of the performance is a little off narratively.

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May

The Wallis’ Production of Joe Morton as King Lear

It is on the creators to elevate the material if they are straying from the traditional. It's dark material, its tragic material, and I found myself laughing at things that shouldn't be funny. They were.

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