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Dana H.

From 81 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.


Member Reviews (81)

MEMBERS SAY:

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

During previews
60
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
60
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.


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 d...
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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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