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Theatre Review: Goodman Theatre's DANA H.

Theatre Review: Goodman Theatre's DANA H.

The Dueling Critics, Kerry Reid and Jonathan Abarbanel, review Goodman Theatre’s DANA H. Plus, recommendations of two other plays.

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“I think the power of the story itself, which really is about an extraordinary dark and vicious underbelly of American culture, and the unusual technique are quite mesmerizing.” - Jonathan Abarbanel praising Lucas Hnath’s DANA H.

From left, playwright Lucas Hnath and Dana Higginbotham during the party for the world premiere of “Dana H.” at Center Theatre Group’s Kirk Douglas Theatre in Culver City, California. Photo credit: Ryan Miller/Capture Imaging

From left, playwright Lucas Hnath and Dana Higginbotham during the party for the world premiere of “Dana H.” at Center Theatre Group’s Kirk Douglas Theatre in Culver City, California. Photo credit: Ryan Miller/Capture Imaging

Goodman Theatre and Los Angeles-based Center Theatre Group are co-presenting the premiere of Lucas Hnath’s DANA H. The play’s very personal story comes from Hnath’s personal life. Adapted from a recorded interview, DANA H. recounts a traumatic incident when Hnath’s mother, Dana Higginbotham, was kidnapped and held captive for five months by a disturbed ex-convict.

From left, cast member Deirdre O’Connell and Dana Higginbotham during the curtain call for the world premiere of Lucas Hnath’s “Dana H.” at Center Theatre Group’s Kirk Douglas Theatre. Photo credit: Ryan Miller/Capture Imaging

From left, cast member Deirdre O’Connell and Dana Higginbotham during the curtain call for the world premiere of Lucas Hnath’s “Dana H.” at Center Theatre Group’s Kirk Douglas Theatre. Photo credit: Ryan Miller/Capture Imaging

Both the Dueling Critics strongly recommend Goodman Theatre’s production of DANA H. The production’s Chicago run continues through October 6 in the Goodman’s Owen Theatre.

Jonathan also recommends American Blues Theater’s FIVE PRESIDENTS and Kerry praises 16th Street Theater’s HIS SHADOW.

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