Dear Evan Hansen OFF-BROADWAY REVIEWS

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  • NY TIMES

  • Opening Night:
    May 1, 2016
    Closing:
    May 29, 2016

    Theater: Second Stage Theatre / 305 West 43rd Street, New York, NY, 10036

    Synopsis: 

    All his life Evan Hansen has felt invisible. To his peers, to the girl he loves, sometimes even to his own mother. But that was before he wrote the letter—that led to the incident—that started the lie—that ignited a movement—that inspired a community—and changed Evan's status from the ultimate outsider into the somebody everyone wants to know. But how long can Evan keep his secret? And at what price?

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  • NEW YORK TIMES REVIEW OF Dear Evan Hansen

    ‘Dear Evan Hansen’ Puts a Twist on Teenage Angst

    Charles Isherwood

    May 1, 2016: If an exposed nerve ending could walk, talk and attend high school, it would surely resemble the title character of the terrific musical “Dear Evan Hansen,” about a friendless 17-year-old played with such prickly authenticity by the wonderful Ben Platt that you can practically feel his flop sweat on your own brow. What’s Evan so anxious about? Well, what have you got? Even ordering in food — a seemingly stress-free transaction, as his mother points out, in the age of online access — sends Evan into a tailspin of fear. “You have to talk to the delivery person when they come to the door,” he explains. “Then they have to make change. You have to stand there while it’s silent and they’re counting the change and … ” His voice trails off, as he envisions the horrific scene in his angst-addled mind. But it’s primarily the agony of being a misfit facing his first day as a high school senior — with a crush on a junior he can’t bring himself to approach — that gives Evan the jitters. He has been advised by his therapist to improve his self-image by writing himself daily pep notes. As he’s dutifully printing one out at school, it’s snatched up by another outsider, the black-clad Connor (Mike Faist), who stuffs it in his pocket. And noticing that poor Evan has been unable to find anyone to sign the cast on his broken arm, Connor scrawls his name across it with a mocking sneer.

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