In Previews: Opens Feb 25 | Gramercy

Dana H.

From 38 member  reviews
Members say: 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. More…

From the show:

Dana was a chaplain of a psych ward where she met a charismatic patient, an ex-convict searching for redemption. A harrowing true story, Dana was held captive with her life in this man’s hands — trapped in a series of Florida motels, disoriented and terrified — for five months. Told in Dana's own words and reconstructed for the stage by her son Lucas Hnath (A DOLL'S HOUSE PART 2, THE CHRISTIANS), “one of the freshest playwriting voices to emerge in the past five years” (The New York Times), this innovative work shatters the boundaries of the art form and our understanding of good and evil.

In Previews: Opens Feb 25 | Vineyard Theatre (Gramercy)

Member Reviews (38)


Great acting, Absorbing, Intense, Riveting, Thought-provoking
Avg Score

During previews
Gripping story, Moving, Masterful, Jaw dropping performance, Riveting

See it if O'Connell is MASTERFUL. Gripping dark real story. You could hear a pin drop for the entire time. Edge of your seat. Gut wrenching.

Don't see it if Dark heavy uncomfortable stories are not for you.

Also Hnath does it again in a very original format.

During previews
Intelligent, Great acting, Entertaining, Exquisite, Ambitious

See it if This performance by o Connell is gripping and so is the story. If you like a good plot line.

Don't see it if Very gripping and intense. If you want light theater.

During previews
Great acting, Intense, Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Ambitious

See it if O'Connell is absolutely riveting is this horrific monologue/drama about a white supremacist kidnapping via Hnath's montage of gripping event

Don't see it if Dense, often confusing & scattered; reflecting victim's state of mind Seeps from dread to compassion to questionable in Waters' taut staging

During previews
A grand performance from one of our great actors, Precise, Compelling, Harrowing

See it if you want to see an account of anguish so sharp it transcends its material, due in large part to Deirdre O’Connell’s transcendent performance

Don't see it if a graphic account of physical & mental pain might be too much for you to sit through.

Also In “Dana H.” playwright Lucas Hnath delivers his most powerful play in... Read more Read less

During previews
See it for deidre o’connell’s remarkable lip syncing/acting out tapes of lucas hnath’s mother relating her harrowing 5-month period w kidnapper; hnath’s intent is interesting but muddled

See it if for O’Connell’s matter of fact but chilling performance; fascinating combo horror story & confession

Don't see it if what is pt of play? unreliability of memory; how victims of violence blame themselves/identify w perpetrator; how religion distorts vision?

Also I note the similarity between this and the play by Hnath I'd seen earl... Read more Read less

During previews
Thought-provoking, Harrowing, Unique, Riveting, Great acting

See it if you want to see an amazing performance by one of our finest actresses. You will never think of lip-syncing the same way again.

Don't see it if stories of abuse are too upsetting for you to sit through.

Also It is worth seeing for Deirde O'Connell's magnificent performance, but... Read more Read less

During previews
Inspired acting but i never truly reconciled the actress to the disembodied voice.

See it if You like Lucas Hnath. You want to share this woman's experience as she reconstructs the events in her own voice.

Don't see it if Watching a solo woman on a stark stage lip sync to an off stage vocal track fails to appeal. This is an extremely explicit recounting.

Also Our actress is often mesmerizing, the shake of a wrist to replicate th... Read more Read less

During previews
A must-see quiet masterpiece, Surprisingly and deeply more enthralling than expected, Exceptionally moving, Harrowing, haunting, hurtful, Riveting

See it if you appreciate how live theatre can catalyze the truest kind of pathos and are looking for a heavy, thought-provoking new work with rawness.

Don't see it if triggered by descriptions of suicide, drug-use, excessive blood, rape, or physical and mental abuse; uncomfortable with religious themes.

Also Dana H. is an exceptional, poignant, 75-minute revelation about abuse,... Read more Read less

During previews
Riveting, Intense, Great acting, Unique, Absorbing

See it if You want to see a great actor inhabit a role (sans voice) to tell a compelling and seemingly true story that is stranger than most fiction.

Don't see it if Recounting episodes of abuse are either triggering or too dark for you.

Also A unique theatrical experience that any committed theatergoer should n... Read more Read less

During previews
Riveting, Must see, Profound, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You like Lucas Hnath, are fascinated that this is about his real mother, are okay with a one woman show, and don’t mind violent topics.

Don't see it if You are triggered by violence, mental illness, rape, suicide and similar topics. They don’t occur onstage, but are still vivid.

Also A harrowing account of a true story. Seeing this acted, but lip-sinc’d... Read more Read less

During previews
Overrated, Entertaining

See it if The story is gripping, the performance impressive, the set is interesting. Audience loved it.

Don't see it if You have a tendency towards skepticism. I just couldn't buy the whole story. Also found the whole thing self-indulgent.

During previews
Riveting, Intense, Harrowing, Great acting, Intelligent

See it if you want to see a powerful production about a woman's terrifying ordeal featuring a stellar performance from Deirdre O'Connell.

Don't see it if you want lighthearted fare and/or a more traditional type of play. This is a one-woman show in which the lead character tells us her story.

During previews
Quirky, Riveting, Thought-provoking, Intense, Absorbing

See it if the bizarre but compelling relationship between captor and prisoner is interesting. Raises questions about powerlessness and fear.

Don't see it if you need action. This is all talk and the recollections of the traumatized captive. Disturbing but interesting.Why does the actress lipsync?

During previews
Hard, Great acting, Ambitious, Raw, Brave

See it if You are fasinated with real life drama & to see a great performance.

Don't see it if You will be bothered by an underlying "true crime" story that at times feels as if it not plausible

During previews
Thought-provoking, Ambitious, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if Ms. O'Connell is giving a riveting performance, which is worth seeing. However, the play/monologue itself left me with a lot of questions.

Don't see it if It's all very theatrical, but ultimately unsatisfying as a play.

During previews
Great direction, Great acting, Great writing, Intense, Absorbing

See it if Deirdre O’Connell gives master class. Hnath has brilliantly pieced together his mother's interview tapes. The tension is palpable.

Don't see it if .. you don't want to hear a true story of this woman's abduction and abuse

During previews
Kudos to actor deidre o'connell for a perfect lip-sync perf!!, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Edgy, Absorbing

See it if NOT FOR ALL TASTES!! It's only Feb. & I've already seen TWO shows where the actors lip-synced the lines that they or someone else recorded.

Don't see it if Do not go if U are resistant to this new lip-sync trend. Also, some of the content is very graphic with description of violence & torture.

Also SPOILERS: The original show featured the real DANA H. lip-synching her... Read more Read less

During previews
Graphic content, Riveting, Intense, Great acting

See it if the always brilliant Deidre O'Connell in a unique kind of show as she lipsyncs the playwright's mother talking of a sad & scary history.

Don't see it if you are very sensitive to hearing some graphically violent events--if she remembered correctly.

During previews
Unique, Thought-provoking, Riveting, Must see, Great acting

See it if you want to see an extraordinary performance that is truly extra-ordinary.Deirdre O'Connell lip-syncs & remarkably acts a harrowing story.

Don't see it if a one person play is not your thing or you are not ready to be drawn into the story of the playwright's mother's five months of captivity.

During previews
Gripping, Intriguing, Thought-provoking, Compelling, Unique

See it if Marvelous portrayal of true-life horror and Hnath's mother's memory of events and how she survived. And how she still grapples with it all.

Don't see it if Have a problem with an actress bringing emotion and life to the actual person's voice. This isn't Milli Vanilli or FBI Files on Court TV.

During previews
A wholly unique first person account headlined by a lead performance unlike any you've ever seen

See it if you want to see a true original with a performance unlike anything you've ever seen. You may enjoy if you love a great documentary.

Don't see it if you're easily triggered by intense stories of physical & mental abuse, or if loud noises or flashing lights bother you. This can be rough.

Also I knew the broad strokes of what to expect from DANA H but I was still... Read more Read less

During previews
Relevant, Thought-provoking, Profound, Riveting, Intense

See it if You're open to new forms of theater, appreciate outstanding acting, and can tolerate descriptions of violence.

Don't see it if You dislike discussions of violence, like traditional theater, and dislike one-person shows.

During previews
Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Intense, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if Magnificent Deidre O'Connell in Hnath's verbatim text with Waters' masterful direction. Harrowing. And breathtaking.

Don't see it if If Intense exploration of trauma and violence is too much for you, sensitively handled albeit, then...

During previews
Compassionate, Intense, Moving, Great acting, Great staging

See it if Between theatre and oral history, a taut piece that explores survival, resilience, compassion, and some of the darkest places of humanity

Don't see it if Be prepared for an emotional wringer (though never melodramatic).

During previews
Disappointing, Insipid, Slow

See it if You like one man shows.

Don't see it if you want action. It is mostly one woman sitting on stage lip-sinking to an audio tape. At first it is interesting but it drags on.

“Dana H.” hasn't been reviewed by any Critics (yet!)

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