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Review: Deirdre O'Connell Astounds in Dana H.
October 18, 2021, 12:49.05 am ET


Review: Deirdre O'Connell Astounds in Dana H.
Photo: Chad Batka

By Brian Scott Lipton

Is seeing believing? Is hearing believing? These questions challenge us in real life every day, just as they do by Lucas Hnath’s fascinating solo play “Dana H.,” now at Broadway’s Lyceum Theater, with the award-winning actress Deirdre O’Connell offering an utterly astounding performance under Les Waters’ keen direction.

To the naked eye, it seems as if O’Connell -- sitting onstage in Andrew Boyce’s standard motel room set – is relating the story of how Hnath’s mother, Dana Higginbotham, survived a terrible kidnapping ordeal in 1997. Sure, we repeatedly hear the voice of an interviewer (Hnath’s friend, the actor Steve Cosson) and the frequent sounds of a tape recording stopping and starting. But can O’Connell really be lip-syncing? Read Full Review