Dana H. (Broadway)
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Dana H. (Broadway)
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Dana H. (Broadway) NYC Reviews and Tickets

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(194 Reviews)
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Mixed
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Absorbing, Great acting, Intense, Riveting, Thought-provoking

Deirdre O’Connell lip-syncs to recordings of playwrights Lucas Hnath's mother.

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Member Reviews (194)

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Absorbing, Profound, Unusual, Riveting, Extraordinary

See it if You want to experience an unexpectedly profound theatrical stunt.Genius storytelling done in a way that suits this particular story perfect.

Don't see it if You can’t enjoy a great story or don’t appreciate a solo show that’s a little off-beat but tells a story that feels life changing. Read more

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Thought-provoking, Overrated, Great acting, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if This is a show that you will love or hate. Great story and acting. Riveting at times.

Don't see it if It could have answered more questions. Somethings left open and unanswered. The violence and darkness is not for everyone.

84
Thought-provoking, Great acting, Riveting, Great staging, Intense

See it if you would enjoy a 1 person play with different surprises: lip synced, quality acting, quick scene changes, great lighting and disruption

Don't see it if you do not like listening to a conversation where only person is seen or you are bothered by sound and light blasts that intensify the story

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Intense, Edgy, Riveting, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you want to see something totally unique. I guarantee you’ve never seen a show executed quite like this. What O’Connell does is remarkable.

Don't see it if you don’t want your perceptions of theatre to be challenged. This is NOT a traditional show and the “writing” is minimal. Read more

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Unique, Riveting, Intense, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if A unique, riveting piece of docu-theatre that plays like an in-person Dateline episode would be up your alley.

Don't see it if One person on stage orally recounting a true, violent kidnapping isn’t what you’re looking for in terms of escapism.

85
Emotional and intense, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you are not afraid of a very emotional drama. A true story of a woman who went through hell and lived to tell about it. Good acting.

Don't see it if you don't want emotional story that involves violence or you don't like solo shows. Read more

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Thriller lip-synched by a real pro

See it if This is unusual theater. The excellent actress Deirdre O'Connell lip-synchs Dana's interview about her kidnapping. I could hear a pin drop

Don't see it if if you don't like one-person shows -- but this is different. She grabs your attention and doesn't let go. Gripping.

90
3 dimensional, Impressive, Illuminating, Intense, Absorbing

See it if you want to see masters of their craft. Unpredictable but understated, complex.

Don't see it if you want your return to Broadway filled with fantasy or subjects that aren't so sobering.

Critic Reviews (13)

The New York Times
October 17th, 2021

"NYTimes Critic's Pick!...“Dana H.” is not just the story of a woman brutalized by a psychopath; it is also the story of a mother abandoned by a son. What else would a playwright do to make reparations but write a play about just that, in the process returning to her what the world had stolen: her voice."
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Time Out New York
October 17th, 2021

"Five stars!...O’Connell is nothing less than astonishing...Watching Dana H. is like listening to a fascinating true-crime podcast, and part of the interest is in the mysteries that adhere to Dana’s account, which may be distorted by trauma and time."
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The Wall Street Journal
October 21st, 2021

"Mr. Waters has staged it with the utmost simplicity, trusting in the force of the tale. I have never watched a more powerful piece of documentary theater: Once seen, it will stay with you for a long time to come."
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The Washington Post
October 19th, 2021

"A mesmerizing act of electronic ventriloquism...It’s hard to say which is more absorbing: Dana’s story or O’Connell’s uncanny portrayal, requiring her to reproduce in perfect alignment with the audiotape every cough, pause, giggle and slap of the chair in which she sits for much of the 75 minutes of the piece."
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AM New York
October 18th, 2021

"Given the lip-synching and lack of movement on the part of O’Connell, one may wonder why “Dana H.” needs to be a live piece of theater rather than a true crime podcast or a raw testimonial video on YouTube. But at its best, the production (directed by Les Waters, who has also staged other plays by Hnath) is compelling, terrifying, and multilayered, especially with regard to the nature of reality."
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Theatermania
October 17th, 2021

"Not only is it the wildest true story on any stage in New York City, but it features a performance that must be seen to be believed."
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New York Stage Review
October 17th, 2021

"A theatre piece that unmistakably demands considerable thought and even more unmistakably boasts Deirdre O’Connell’s unbounded talents."
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New York Stage Review
October 17th, 2021

"What if I told you that the best acting on Broadway is coming from a woman who doesn’t utter a single word?"
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Broadway News
October 17th, 2021

"O’Connell here gives a performance that seamlessly blends an extraordinary technical acting challenge with the earthiness, plucky everywoman humanity and the subtle spirituality that have often been hallmarks of her work. Both play and performance are a gift we are lucky to receive, as this Broadway season shapes up to be a landmark one for its presentation of unconventional new plays and revelatory performances."
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Front Row Center
October 21st, 2021

"Some stories are just so weird that you are left with more questions at the end of the telling than at the beginning. Such is the tale of Dana H. It is a true-life story that in the retelling is surreal to the point of disbelief. Yet believe it we must."
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Exeunt Magazine
October 17th, 2021

"Dana H is unlike anything else I’ve ever seen, and it’s amazingly powerful; it’s shining a light on some extremely dark impulses in humanity and also on Dana’s remarkable grace in her ability to come past that experience with her compassion and her impulses to help others intact."
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New York Theater
October 17th, 2021

“Dana H.” is unlike any play you’ve ever seen on Broadway....Is this really theater? Is the story really true? Is it really worth paying up to $199 per ticket to see? I don’t have definitive answers for you. But I left the Lyceum exhilarated.....What makes “Dana H.” exhilarating, I realized, is the performance by Deirdre O’Connell.
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New York Theatre Guide
October 20th, 2021

"I recently reviewed a show and declared that talk business does not belong onstage. Dana H. has forced me to eat my words and to accept that there are no absolutes in theatre, particularly when the story is horrifically affecting and spectacularly executed as this show is. Dana H. should be required viewing for legal scholars, law enforcement officers, and aspirants across the country, if only to remind them that depravity reigns when they fail to do the right thing."
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