First Nighter: Robert Askins's "Hand to God" Deserves a Big Hand

April 7, 2015 10:21 PM

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Tyrone is a puppet with sharp teeth that lives at the end of the right arm belonging to timid Jason (Steven Boyer). The fabric creature struts his considerable stuff in Hand to God, Robert Askins's career-making play that has now and for all the best reasons been transferred from off-off-Broadway to off-Broadway to Broadway, at the Booth.

In many ways Tyrone (is the name meant by Askins to conjure "tyrannical"?) is the focal character in this tragic yet constantly very funny five-live-actors play. You can't take your eyes from him--although the temptation arises throughout the two-act work to watch Boyer speak the puppet's lines in r...

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