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JJ from Chicago, Illinois
IF YOU SAW THIS ON BROADWAY, SKIP IT.
I saw this on Broadway and it blew my mind- it was so incredibly beautiful and touching. Just took my parents to see the Chicago production and I give it a big meh. Voices don’t even begin to match up, performers are “playing” actors who created the original roles, staging has changed some- but is not impactful. Sobbed through every moment on Broadway, didn’t shed a single tear tonight.
Krista from Chicago, Illinois
GOOD BUT NOT GREAT!
I had heard all the hype after hearing friends who saw the show on Broadway talking... But the Chicago performance is not up to Broadway level. While the show and message are good I kept thinking about the tech mis-haps and opportunities for improvement. Band drowned out some vocals, actors are very hard to hear during certain ranges (that they probably shouldn’t be singing), lighting in last scene hurt my eyes, some actors seemed to be over acting... Kind of takes away from the emotional impact the show could have delivered.
Janet from Houston, Texas
Had really high expectations after family members had seen the Broadway production and expected to be really affected by emotional impact. In fact the Houston touring production totally undercut the visceral impact by technical issues. The break in the action seemed very amateurish due to some technical issue. Far worse was the audio imbalance. Singing by main characters below par but far worse the were miked to screaming thus no subtlety or true feeling. Very sad. Seats ere exceedingly uncomfortable.Wouldnot recommend.
A Wheeler from Dallas, Texas
DISAPPOINTED WITH VENUE
Saw Dear Evan on Broadway in Nee York and was excited to bring my extended family to see it this Thanksgiving. Saw it 11/29/2019 at 7:30pm. I got tickets on Row KK Section C in the Orchestra section because it was the only place with 8 seats together. First, the computer screens for the tech people were FACING us with blinding white light the ENITRE show. Horrible!! It was very quiet at times, they need to turn it UP in the back to hear over the SQUEAKY chairs in there, for Gods sake people, sit still!! On the seating map it appeared we were in the middle, but we were at the absolute back under the balcony, couldn’t see actors faces or hear them often. So it took me out of it because it was incredible in NYC. The singers were amazing, Evan was better than in NYC, just wow. Really wish it had been louder and their computers weren’t in our faces the entire time, really unfortunate. If you go here sit as close to the front as you can so you’re not distracted by the computers.
Dr. Judy S. from San Diego, California
I just saw the show in San Diego. The acoustics were so poor that at best one could understand 60% of the words. In addition, the music was loud enough to drown out the voices. The actors talked so fast that there was little chance to understand what they were saying (or singing). Friends who have seen this play in NYC or London loved it. I think the venue, and possibly the elocution of the touring cast, really does a disservice to this play.
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