Review of Teen Brain: The Musical, Presented by Dallas Children’s Theater
by Mina Frannea
Teen Brain: The Musical, written by award winning playwright Linda Daugherty, follows a group of high school students who portray the everyday struggles that adolescents go through with school, family, friends and relationships as well as their emotional responses to a variety of situations like peer pressure and alcohol and drugs.
The show creatively incorporates the latest in neuroscience to educate the audience about how the teenage brain develops. This is done in a fun way as part of an interactive class report that Ziggy (Jacob Segoviano) puts together. Segoviano does a great monologue explaining his research, complete with a brain hat and an Albert Einstein like accent – wonderfully done! An interesting fact we learn is that the frontal lobes of a teen brain are not fully developed which is why teens are known to act on impulse. Their brains process things so fast that consequences of choices may not be factored in. Reasoning and decision making based on forethought apparently don’t come into play until about the mid 20′s.