Dana H. NYC Reviews and Tickets

(88 Reviews)
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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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120 Reviews | 40 Followers
Intense, Riveting, Masterful

See it if Harrowing & absorbing with tour de force performance by Deirdre O'Connell.The scenarios are vividly described, gripping & gut wrenching.

Don't see it if Do not see it if you do not like theatre at its best Read more

80 Reviews | 9 Followers
Masterful, Ambitious, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You are drawn to strong, personal stories and unique theatricality.

Don't see it if You dislike stories involving violence and physical abuse. Read more

50 Reviews | 14 Followers
A tour de force performance of a stunning and important work

See it if you want to see a harrowing true story told simply, theatrically, imaginatively and brilliantly,

Don't see it if descriptions of sexual assault is a trigger for you. Read more

507 Reviews | 269 Followers
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.

67 Reviews | 17 Followers
Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting, Exquisite, Absorbing

See it if You are interested in real stories about real people ... amazing actress... incredible story

Don't see it if You don't like Drama at its best.

423 Reviews | 78 Followers
Exquisite, Bewitching, Unprecedented, Sensational, Horrific

See it if you're at all fascinated by true crime or extraordinary performance art.

Don't see it if you're triggered by descriptions of graphic violence. Read more

677 Reviews | 190 Followers
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 | 148 Followers
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.

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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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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