Hand to God: It's Only a Sock!

April 8, 2015 9:23 PM

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Hand to God, a delightfully subversive, dark comedy opened this week on Broadway at the Booth Theater after successful productions downtown by MCC Theater and Ensemble Studio Theater. Featuring a puppet provocateur called Tyrone, wreaking destruction and devilish mayhem on a church schoolroom set, the actor Steven Boyer as Jason whose task it is to give life to the gray wool mass swaddling his left hand reminded everyone at the after party at Urbo, "Hey it's only a sock!" But to the rest of the cast, like Geneva Carr, excellent as Jason's widowed libidinous mother, Tyrone is a being with whom to reckon.

Bookended by a puppet in a Punch & Judy stage telling a myth of origins and the introduction of good and evil, not exactly the way you know it, Hand to God closes with that puppet completing the story of Jesus, simply the murder of the nicest guy around. Playwright Robert Askins, shouted "Amen Amen ...

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