Dana H. NYC Reviews and Tickets

87%
(81 Reviews)
Positive
96%
Mixed
3%
Negative
1%
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Great acting, Absorbing, Intense, Riveting, Thought-provoking

About the Show

In this harrowing true story, Dana, a chaplain of a psych ward, is held captive with her life in a patient's hands for five months. Told in Dana's own words and reconstructed for the stage by her son, Lucas Hnath.

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Riveting, Intense, Edgy, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You enjoy dark or intense stories. I was riveting start to finish. O'Connell is incredible.

Don't see it if You prefer something light or fluffy.

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Profound, Thought-provoking, Terrifying, Edgy, Riveting

See it if Health worker is kidnapped and forced into a brutal underworld. Seemingly incredulous, but true. Superb acting & production.

Don't see it if You don't want to listen to her harrowing ordeal. She inhabits eerily parallel worlds, including straight & criminal; living & dead. Read more

Critic Reviews (14)

February 25th, 2020

CRITIC’S PICK. "‘Dana H.’ Maps a Harrowing Journey Into Hell: Lucas Hnath’s brilliant, boundary-melting play, starring a marvelous Deirdre O’Connell, is a first-person account of the violent kidnapping of his mother."
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February 25th, 2020

4/5 Stars. "This is a performance of virtuoso naturalism; the technique is so perfect that it disappears...The effect of this device is complex: The use of Dana's voice gives her testimony a gripping sense of reality, even as its ventriloquism through O'Connell's body suggests an eerie sense of dissociation."
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February 25th, 2020

"Lucas Hnath’s 'Dana H.' Is the Real Thing"
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February 25th, 2020

"A Woman Is Kidnapped by a Member of the Aryan Brotherhood in Dana H. Lucas Hnath's true-crime docudrama opens off-Broadway."
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February 26th, 2020

"It's a stranger-than-fiction horror story, told in a singular fashion seemingly calculated to preserve a certain distance between the audience and such violent, melodramatic events; in practice, the effect is spellbinding."
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February 25th, 2020

"Making her Vineyard Theatre debut in what can only be described as a theatrical tour-de-force, Obie and Drama Desk-winner Deirdre O'Connell is giving the kind of bravura performance people will talk about for decades. "
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February 25th, 2020

4/5 Stars. "A theatrical explosion not to be missed. Anyone interested in acting or the power of live theater will need to sit in on this heart-stopping 70 minutes."
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February 25th, 2020

3/5 Stars. " Deirdre O'Connell delivers a vital, authentic performance that anchors the work in the truth that it hopes to tell."
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February 25th, 2020

"O'Connell's work deserves some sort of special award, as she flawlessly manages to not only precisely repeat Higginbotham's words but replicate every inflection...all while constantly gesturing, looking down at a manuscript, and essentially physically becoming this still-troubled woman."
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February 26th, 2020

"With her haunting eyes, flowing hair and magnetic countenance, O'Connell vividly channels Higginbotham's presence. Her lip-synching, gestures and facial expressions are all flawless. The presentation's conceit is realized by O'Connell's supreme artistry."
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March 2nd, 2020

Best Bet. "An incredible real-life story of abuse and terror meets an equally incredible performance...a theatrical experience that's more-way more-than the sum of its parts. Based on taped interviews with Dana Higginbotham, Hnath's mother, 'Dana H.' is a moving and disturbing experience."
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February 28th, 2020

"I have pretty much liked everything I have seen Deirdre O'Connell do. Let us add Dana H. to the list. As a matter of fact you can put it at the top. This is a play that has been urged into being by Lucas Hnath. Dana Higginbotham is his mother, and she was held..."
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March 1st, 2020

"Deirdre O'Connell, who has been with the production through its Los Angeles and Chicago productions, is nothing short of mesmerizing."
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February 25th, 2020

"Who would have thought that an actress, sitting…in a…motel room…lip-syncing someone's…words…, could be so piercingly effective?…O'Connell's uncanny ability to incarnate her without so much as a peep from her own voice makes this one piece of theatre that is absolutely not to be missed."
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