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

During previews
80
Riveting, Masterful, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you like intense, drama with a powerful and gripping...if nerve-wracking plot.

Don't see it if you only like to see happy, stress free theatre.

During previews
90
Intense, Resonant, Deirdre o'connell

See it if If you love Deirdre O'Connell (as you should!), the investigation-based work of The Civilians, or just great downtown theater, you must go.

Don't see it if you don't want to meditate on the current national zeitgeist as it relates to violence, mental health, civil rights, and criminal justice.

During previews
95
Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Great acting, Clever, Absorbing

See it if Deirdre O’Connell masterfully embodies the playwright’s mother, who tells the story of being taken hostage for 5 months. Riveting and sad

Don't see it if This is not a lighthearted evening in the theater. It is serious, almost completely a monologue and very little staging or movement.

During previews
87
Intense, Great acting, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if You like intense stories. You want to watch a subtle but extraordinary performance.

Don't see it if You don’t like dark theatrical stories or need certainty. This is very much one person’s version of a story and leaves questions.

During previews
100
Perfect documentary theater

See it if you enjoyed "Is this a Room" and/or the lip syncing of The Wooster Group and Reza Abdoh.

Don't see it if you dislike the above and if you're under 16 (extremely mature content).

Also I loved everything about this performance. Deirdre O'Connell gives an ... Read more Read less

During previews
93
Intense, Thought-provoking, Riveting, Intelligent, Absorbing

See it if You love inventive personal storytelling with psychological theme.

Don't see it if You are sensitive to trauma, assault, strobe lights and loud sounds


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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