Criss Cross from Toronto, Ontario
GREAT PRODUCTION BUT NOT THERE YET
I saw it in the second week - full price previews. The staging was lovely and the string/keyboard ensemble was superb. The cast is small, about 10, with no chorus. There is no dance. The story is difficult to present, especially for the single lead playing Evan who is always on stage. The singing and mannerisms of the character are a challenge and the person (evening cast) is a good singer but lacked the range and subtle acting skill needed to bring this to the level of the original. The supporting cast had some very good and some weak members. There were occasional lost lines. This is not an experienced and credible road show version - yet. The story is about redemption, which is what the show needs too.
Lynn from Toronto, Ontario
LIKE AN EPISODE OF "GLEE"
This show didn't live up to the hype, I'm afraid. Cast are all very good but story is implausible, and I found it impossible to connect to any of the characters except for Connor, who I wanted to hear from more. The whole thIn was like an apisode from the series "Glee." Geared more to a teenage audience. A bit of a disappointment for us. We keep saying, "How on earth did this beat out Come From Away for the Tony award?"
Russ from Toronto, Ontario
DEAR EVAN HANSEN
Great acting but I was not prepared for a storyline of teenage suicide. I personally like upbeat stories and leaving the theatre with a smile on my face. This was depressing, some people in tears and left you leaving the theatre pretty down. Not my cup of tea. I wish the media had discussed the story line better. I went because of the marketing of a smash hit, a Tony Awrd Winner but this content not for everyone. If you are looking to leave the theatre happy and smiling, this is not the show.
Celina from Toronto, Ontario
DEAR EVAN HANSEN
I felt that this show was too long and drawn out. I could not connect with the characters. The acting was OK, but the singing from the cast was weak, especially from Evan (Wed matinee).
L. Persaud from Toronto, Ontario
Found the play to be boring and couldn't wait for it to be over. Ended up leaving at intermission. Disappointed that it was so hyped in the ads - sorry but it was a waste of money for us.
Steve M. from Toronto, Ontario
Story is really stupid and the lyrics are even dumber. You want cliches, this one has them all. I wanted to stand up and scream kill yourself at the main character, not because of some good acting but because I just wanted the stupid play to end. I can't figure out what people find endearing in this play. My wife says that people see their own tragedies in it, and I think, yeh right it's all the stupid cliches pulling at the heart strings for no real reason. Other than the great band it was a waste of time. If you don't consider yourself a loser that can connect with these other losers, don't go.
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