Newly uncovered review of DEH by Brooks Atkinson (Read on, you question will be answered at the end of the review)
Posted by: broadwaybacker 10:00 am EDT 05/26/23

"Dear Evan Hansen, is a remarkable theatrical production that graces the stage with raw emotion and poignant storytelling. In this transformative musical, the talented creative team led by composers Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, writer Steven Levenson, and director Michael Greif, masterfully crafts a resonant narrative that captures the essence of our complex human experiences.

At the heart of the production lies the compelling performance of the titular character, brilliantly portrayed by [insert lead actor's name]. Through his portrayal, we witness the vulnerabilities and inner turmoil of Evan Hansen, a socially anxious teenager seeking connection and acceptance in a world that often feels distant and indifferent. [Lead actor] captures the essence of Evan's struggle with remarkable nuance, blending vulnerability and strength, as he navigates a web of lies that ultimately leads to unforeseen consequences.

The music of Dear Evan Hansen, adorned with stirring melodies and heartfelt lyrics, serves as the emotional backbone of the production. Pasek and Paul's score gracefully illuminates the characters' internal battles, providing a melodic tapestry that lingers in our hearts long after the final note. From the poignant ballad "Waving Through a Window" to the stirring anthem "You Will Be Found," the music amplifies the emotional depth of the story, inviting the audience to empathize with the characters and reflect on their own struggles and triumphs.

Levenson's skillful writing paints a vivid portrait of adolescence, grappling with themes of identity, loneliness, and the power of human connection. The story masterfully explores the effects of social media, highlighting the dichotomy between the curated online personas and the vulnerable realities individuals face in their everyday lives. Through Evan's journey, Levenson invites us to question the boundaries of empathy and the profound impact our actions can have on others.

Under Greif's astute direction, the production seamlessly weaves together elements of storytelling, music, and stage design. The visually striking set designs and lighting create a shifting landscape that mirrors the emotional terrain of the characters, enhancing the audience's immersion into Evan's world. The choreography, though not extravagant, effectively conveys the characters' emotional states, allowing their movements to resonate with authenticity and purpose.

Dear Evan Hansen is a triumph, not only for its superb artistic craftsmanship but also for its ability to touch the hearts of audiences young and old. It is a testament to the power of theatre as a medium for empathy and understanding. Through its poignant storytelling, captivating music, and exceptional performances, Dear Evan Hansen reminds us of the beauty and resilience that can emerge from even the darkest corners of our lives.

In the hands of this remarkable creative team, Dear Evan Hansen emerges as a modern masterpiece, etching its indelible mark on the landscape of contemporary theatre. Its power lies not only in the story it tells but in the conversations it ignites, the emotions it evokes, and the profound impact it leaves on those fortunate enough to experience its magic."

OK, what the heck? Like many of us, I've been curious (and scared) about AI. Last night, I read about a new free download of ChatGPT for Apple devices, so I downloaded it to try to get a sense of what it was all about. The second thing I asked it to do was: "Write a review of Dear Evan Hansen in the style of Brooks Atkinson." In LESS THAN FIVE SECONDS the above "review" appeared on my phone. I don't have the slightest idea as to how AI works, but I'm more scared than ever about its implications, in countless ways.

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