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Hand to God

The Advantages of Being a Lutheran Pastor for a Couple o' Months

Bob Saget | Posted 12.08.2015 | Comedy
Bob Saget

I have chosen show business to be my religion. It is so full of non-competitive compassionate souls who care about others with full empathy. That is meant to be sarcastic. I thought I learned when I wrote my book Dirty Daddy that sarcasm does not travel in print. One step forward, two steps back.

Broadway Theatergoer Jumps On Stage To Charge Phone -- In Fake Outlet

The Huffington Post | Steven Hoffer | Posted 07.08.2015 | Weird News

You charge up your battery power, but it just won't increase your brain power. A man at a Broadway show desperately needed to plug in his phone cli...

The Jurassic Puppet Show

Marshall Fine | Posted 06.15.2015 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

And I'm not talking about Avenue Q or Hand to God or the various Muppet movies or anything else in which the idea of the puppet is as much a part of the joke as anything else.

Thoughts on the Tony Awards Broadcast, Ruthie Ann Miles, Curious Incident & More

Cara Joy David | Posted 06.09.2015 | Arts
Cara Joy David

It's approximately 24 hours since the Tony Awards ended -- and, while most of the community is at a Bombshell party, I feel like it's about time to reflect on the night that was.

Anticipating the Tony Awards, With Alan Cumming at the Café Carlyle, the Astaire Awards, and Stars in the Alley

Regina Weinreich | Posted 06.05.2015 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

Facing a crowd that included his mother and brother as well as Tony Danza, next up for a run at the Café Carlyle, Alan Cumming reminded everyone that he would be hosting the Tony Awards with Kristen Chenoweth on Sunday night, admitting that he was "freaking out."

Permission: Spanking for Jesus at the Lucille Lortel Theater

Regina Weinreich | Posted 05.26.2015 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

Whatever special kinks spice up your sex life, the particular coupling of spanking and faith in Robert Askins' play Permission will having you laughing -- and googling "Christian domestic discipline" (CDD) at intermission. Who knew this was a real-life church-sanctioned practice?

Permission Denied

Steven Suskin | Posted 05.20.2015 | Arts
Steven Suskin

Like Hand to God, Permission is outrageous and profane; like its predecessor, it can be seen as a sledgehammer attack on religion featuring violence and sex, albeit without as much bloodshed. But there the similarities end. Hand to God is inspired; Permission, alas, is not.

On the Culture Front: Airline Highway, 'Tis Pity She's A Whore, Holiday Cocktail Lounge, and More

Chris Kompanek | Posted 05.05.2015 | New York
Chris Kompanek

Broadway to many means big dance numbers and actors hurtling outsized emotions into the rafters. While there are certainly plenty of tiresome revivals and knockoffs alike that make an all too vivid case for this, there are also bold producers remaking the landscape of commercial theater with subversive, challenging and deeply moving musicals and plays.

At the Broadway Opening of the Show 'Hand to God' Celebrities Reveal Their Childhood Creative Projects

Jeryl Brunner | Posted 06.21.2015 | Arts
Jeryl Brunner

In the thought-provoking and darkly hilarious new Broadway play, Hand to God, Jason, a well-meaning soft-spoken teenager, creates a hand puppet from a gray sock, red fuzz and some felt.

'Hand to God': It's Only a Sock!

Regina Weinreich | Posted 06.08.2015 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

Set in Texas, in a Lutheran church, Hand to God follows in the tradition of American southern literature, its characters as confused about God's place in their lives as any troubled souls in works by William Faulkner or Flannery O'Connor.

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

David Finkle | Posted 06.07.2015 | Arts
David Finkle

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.

Broadway Spring Preview: It's All in How You Present It

Cara Joy David | Posted 05.13.2015 | Arts
Cara Joy David

The poster of On the Twentieth Century impressed many. A bunch of people said it seemed fun. Some people recognized Kristin Chenoweth and one of my mother's favorite leading men, Peter Gallagher, and were excited by their presence.

Blood, Guts and Puppet Sex: 'Hand to God' Opens Off-Broadway

Suzy Evans | Posted 05.11.2014 | Arts
Suzy Evans

Steven Boyer, Tyrone, and Geneva Carr in Hand to God at MCC Theater. (Photo by Joan Marcus) A demon-possessed puppet takes over a Southern Sunday...

Lucas Kavner

Why Do Puppets Make You Feel So Much?

HuffingtonPost.com | Lucas Kavner | Posted 12.08.2011 | Home

If you have any doubt that puppets are playing an influential role in our current culture, just take a look at what happened last week, when they were...