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Robert Askins

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.

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? | 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...