Dana H. NYC Reviews and Tickets

87%
(85 Reviews)
Positive
97%
Mixed
2%
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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Member Reviews (85)

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851 Reviews | 1007 Followers
92
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.

706 Reviews | 214 Followers
90
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

692 Reviews | 152 Followers
92
Great acting, Thought-provoking, Riveting, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if you're a fan of O'Connell or Hnath, curious about a true-life kidnapping & the lip-sync method of telling story, enjoy riveting stories

Don't see it if don't like 1-person, 1-act plays, actor lip-syncing to actual narration confuses you, upset by kidnapping, rape stories, strobes, loud noise Read more

MJK
677 Reviews | 187 Followers
94
Intense, Great acting, Must see, Riveting, Absorbing

See it if u want to witness a brilliantly understated perf via Hnath's unique storytelling of a harrowing true-life ordeal that is gripping & stirring

Don't see it if if you're triggered by frank descriptions of kidnapping, violence & sexual assault. [Otherwise, see this small masterpiece.] Read more

567 Reviews | 146 Followers
94
Static, Riveting, Masterful, Intense, Great acting

See it if Downtown darling, Dee Dee O, does docu-drama in Dana H's voice (literally) relating a daring ordeal.A master actor at work with a difference

Don't see it if Static. Depending on your stance, the lip-synching gimmick will either distance you or bring you safely closer to the difficult material.

513 Reviews | 129 Followers
87
Uncomfortable, Thought-provoking, Intense, Great acting, Harrowing

See it if You like edge of your seat stories, knotting of your stomach & a tension that makes it difficult to sit still. The lip sinking is amazing

Don't see it if You do not appreciate groundbreaking one person plays where the actor lip sinks; you prefer traditional plays with a lot of physical action

469 Reviews | 258 Followers
96
Edgy, Stunning performance by deirdre o'connell, Unique, Riveting, Absorbing

See it if you're interested in documentary theatre. This play is unique because you hear the voice of Dana H., not the voice of the actress.

Don't see it if you do not like one-person plays or get upset by talk of violence. Or if you do not like lip synching. You will soon forget the latter.

501 Reviews | 103 Followers
90
Masterful, Must see, Great staging, Great acting

See it if you want to see an incredible performance by one of the greatest living actresses

Don't see it if You don’t like non-traditional plays. It’s not a secret they tell you before the play starts that she is lip-synching the entire time Read more

Critic Reviews (15)

The New York Times
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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Time Out New York
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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New York Magazine / Vulture
February 25th, 2020

"Lucas Hnath’s 'Dana H.' Is the Real Thing"
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Theatermania
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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Lighting & Sound America
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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Talkin' Broadway
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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New York Stage Review
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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New York Stage Review
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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