Ends Apr 19 | Gramercy

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
87
Avg Score

77
Thought-provoking, Quirky, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if can deal with a woman sitting in a chair for an hour.

Don't see it if You require lots of action in your plays.

Also I'm all up for trying anything once and it's an interesting concept an... Read more Read less

91
Harrowing, brilliant acting, unbelievable true story

See it if You want to see Deirdre O'Connell in a tour de four performance (lip syncing to taped interviews with Hnath's mother).

Don't see it if You're fragile and can't handle stories about kidnapping and abuse.

Also Lucas Hnath's play about his mother's 5 month ordeal is riveting. When... Read more Read less

100
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.

Also This is one of the most compelling theatre pieces I have ever seen. De... Read more Read less

92
A crazy, bizarre, brilliant, unique concept. an astonishing & moving performance that takes the art of lip-syncing to a new level. clever, ambitious, absorbing, intense, masterful, riveting!!!

See it if you want to be captivated & mesmerized by an actress who speaks the words of another, lip-syncing an actual interview w/lucas hnath's mother

Don't see it if you don't want to hear a horrifically nightmarish account of the five-month-long kidnapping saga of hnath's mother.

Also When the lights come up, a Sound Technician sets Dierdre O'Connell up ... Read more Read less

96
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.

91
Masterful, Must see, Great acting, Great staging, Absorbing

See it if you want to see powerful theater at its best. A harrowing tale uniquely told. Searing and memorable.

Don't see it if you will not like a haunting tragic tale no matter how beautifully and honestly told.

90
Profound, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you want to see a gripping, true story, interpreted by a master actor. It will have you pondering and mulling for ages.

Don't see it if you don't like one-person plays, difficult subjects, a plain set, with very little movement.

90
Resonant, Great writing, Intense, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you like crime podcasts. This isn't a diss. It's just a new type of audio theatre that draws you in w/ horrific details.

Don't see it if hate one-person shows.

75
Thought-provoking, Intense, Profound, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you want to see a true story of a heroine who crosses the line between her personal and professional life and paid very, very dearly for it

Don't see it if you don't want to see one woman's descent into hell for crossing the line between her personal and professional life.

98
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.

Also Playwright Lucas Hnath has never been better. This is a great play, an... Read more Read less

89
Innovative, Surprising, Absorbing

See it if you love theater and want to see a show that is unlike others. Don't be afraid of the topic- it's more interesting than it is depressing!

Don't see it if You really really can't handle difficult subjects, or are looking for a big production

Also Deirdre O'Connell does a fantastic job channelling Dana H. How much pu... Read more Read less

94
Great writing, Great staging, Great acting, Clever, Absorbing

See it if You are looking for a unique theater experience! Lip syncing makes this true story even more compelling. Absorbing and brave production.

Don't see it if You just can't stand hearing about psychotic cruelty.

95
Intense, Riveting, Resonant, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if If you like powerful acting in an essentially one-woman show.

Don't see it if You don’t like one-actor shows or disturbing content. This is not light entertainment

Also A very powerful show with mesmerizing performance. You could have hear... Read more Read less

87
Must see, Intense, Absorbing

See it if You want to be riveted for 75 minutes by a true story presented in an unusual way

Don't see it if You don’t like anxiety/heart palpitation-inducing theater

89
Thought-provoking, Riveting, Profound

See it if you want to see an unforgettable performance. Deirdre O'Connell is truly great. Heartbreaking.

Don't see it if you don't like "heavy" subject matter or looking at human pain.

98
Disturbing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you enjoy true stories & a unique approach to a play. Deirdre O’Connell lip-syncs Dana H’s recorded voice describing her 5 month abduction.

Don't see it if you can’t handle hearing about real-life violence and torture or if your bladder is too small to remain seated for 75 minutes at a time.

100
Quirky, Riveting, Intense, Masterful, Great writing

See it if Lucas Hnath is a brilliant observer and this true personal story is told in the most compelling way. Deirdre O'Connell is brilliant.Must see

Don't see it if You want anything that is light or entertaining.

96
Amazing performance, Riveting, Ambitious

See it if you are willing to be transfixed by an amazing performance and a harrowing story.

Don't see it if you want something light and fizzy.

During previews
90
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
87
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
80
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
92
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
78
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 skinhead 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
85
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
81
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


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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