‘Is This a Room’ and ‘Dana H.’ to end Broadway runs at Lyceum Theatre early

‘Is This a Room’ and ‘Dana H.’ to end Broadway runs at Lyceum Theatre early
Deirdre O'Connell in the Broadway production of "Dana H." Photo by Chad Batka.

Update: “Is This a Room” and “Dana H.” will now run through Nov. 28.

“We are completely overwhelmed by the response to our closing announcement,” producers Sally Horchow, Dori Berinstein and Matt Ross said in an announcement Nov. 3. “The shows have been playing to the packed houses they deserve and we are so happy to be able to keep this run going for another two weeks. We hope audiences will continue to come out and experience these two extraordinary plays for themselves.”

Shortly after opening on Broadway, the plays “Is This a Room” and “Dana H.” will conclude their limited runs in November, the productions announced Monday. The closure comes months before originally planned, moving up the final curtain call from Jan. 16 to Nov. 14.

Since their Broadway debut in October at the Lyceum Theatre, where the productions share a stage on alternating days, the experimental, documentary-style plays have received wide critical acclaim. Still, in the announcement, producers noted the “challenging landscape” facing the productions as the industry begins to open back up after months of darkened venues during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We are in a uniquely challenging time for theatre,” producers Dori Berinstein, Sally Horchow and Matt Ross said in a statement over email. “Ticket sales have steadily increased for the shows but despite effusive reactions from both audiences and critics, the finances of the production don’t allow us to buy more time to reach a sustainable level, especially without the federal or state funding to use as working capital.”

Emily Davis, Pete Simpson and Will Cobbs in the 2021 Broadway production of "Is This a Room." Photo by Chad Batka.
Emily Davis, Pete Simpson and Will Cobbs in the 2021 Broadway production of “Is This a Room.” Photo by Chad Batka.
Deirdre O'Connell in the Broadway production of "Dana H." Photo by Chad Batka.
Deirdre O’Connell in the Broadway production of “Dana H.” Photo by Chad Batka.

Before making the transfer to Broadway, the two shows — both based on true events — ran Off-Broadway at Vineyard Theatre during the 2019-2020 season, and both works were recognized during the 2020 Obie Awards, which celebrates Off- and Off-Off-Broadway theater.

Tina Satter’s “Is This a Room,” which utilizes the FBI transcript of whistleblower Reality Winner’s interrogation, began previews at Lyceum Sept. 24 and opened Oct. 11. The production stars Emily Davis alongside Becca Blackwell, Will Cobbs and Pete Simpson.

“Dana H.” by Lucas Hnath started performances shortly after “Is This a Room,” with previews beginning Oct. 1 and opening day arriving Oct. 17. The play stars Deirdre O’Connell and utilizes real audio recordings to tell the story of Hnath’s mother’s abduction in 1997.

“Dana H.” will have its final performance Nov. 13, and “Is This a Room” will wrap up its run Nov. 14.

Emily Davis, Pete Simpson and Will Cobbs in the 2021 Broadway production of "Is This a Room." Photo by Chad Batka.
Emily Davis, Pete Simpson and Will Cobbs in the 2021 Broadway production of “Is This a Room.” Photo by Chad Batka.

“We are so proud that these two extraordinary, groundbreaking plays have had a chance to receive Broadway life and the celebration they deserve,” producers said in a press release. “Each of these plays expands the definition of what a Broadway play can be in thrilling and innovative ways.”

They continued: “While we would’ve loved to run through our original end date, we recognize that we are in a challenging landscape for live performance and we’re grateful to have had a chance to share this work. We urge audiences to not miss out on what audiences and critics have rightly called ‘unmissable’ new theatre.”

More information about tickets can be found on the Lyceum Theatre website.

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Top Image: Deirdre O'Connell in the Broadway production of "Dana H." Photo by Chad Batka.