‘Dear Evan Hansen’ Addresses What Teens Want to Talk About!

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‘Dear Evan Hansen’ Addresses What Teens Want to Talk About!

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Dear Evan Hansen, written by Steven Levenson and featuring music from Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, is a story about a boy named Evan Hansen who struggles with anxiety and general teen awkwardness. He lives with his mother and has just one (family) friend, Jared.

In the opening acts of this story, Evan is given an assignment by his therapist: write letters to himself about what could be good in each day. Evan writes one note to himself about his crush, Zoe Murphy, whom he struggles to talk to due to his anxiety. However, trouble ensues when he runs into her brother, Connor, and he finds the note. Thinking that Evan wrote this note to tease him, Connor is furious and storms off with the letter.

Sadly, we find out that Connor Murphy has been suffering from depression, and commits suicide. The note was found in Connor’s pocket, and the Murphy family thinks that Evan and Connor were friends. Deciding that it will allow him to get closer to the family, Evan goes along with the lie, and we watch as this decision creates sort of a “butterfly effect” on everyone around him.

This is an amazing story about mental health, courage, family, and friendship. I thought it handled mental illnesses well. The writers were sure to add behaviors that are present in those with depression and anxiety. The music was enjoyable, and the dialogue within the music was well written and interesting. I thought the way the actors portrayed the characters and their emotions was brilliant. I also enjoyed how simplistic the music was, not too flashy or over the top.

Overall, I wish there was more at the end. I wished it explained more of what happened after specific events, specifically I would have liked to see more of Connor before his tragic end.

I would recommend Dear Evan Hansen for people who don’t enjoy flashy musicals with unnecessary dialogue and over the top language, and to anyone who is interested in a contemporary, uplifting musical that also tackles serious topics.

Final Rating: 4/5 Stars