HAND TO GOD CLOSING MARCH 30, 2014
By: Patrick Christiano
Hand To God, Robert Askin’s brilliantly devilshy spin on the evil within, is a hilariously, often shocking tale that centers on a shy youngman, who loses control of his hand puppet. Steven Boyer is tremendous as Jason the tortured teen engaged in a power struggle with his demonic hand puppet Tyrone, who turns increasingly dangerous and demon-like. The two are complete opposites. Jason is a sensitive Christina teen, while Tyrone, the puppet on his left hand, is foul mouthed and aggressive. After an extemely violent incident Jason’s pastor and his sympathetic mother, played respetivedly by Marc Kudish and Geneva Carr, think an exorcism may be necessary.
Director Moritz von Stuelpnagel has a assembled an outstanding fully committed five person cast that brings the distrubing dark comedy to vivid life. The play premiered in 2011 at the Ensemble Studio Theater. Now at the Luucille Lortel the MCC Theater revival has cast changes that give the story a more chilling dynamic. Joining Boyer and Carr, besides Kudish are a powerful Michael Obertholtzer, the catalyst to the evening’s unfolding events. His great chemistry with Carr adds a powerful ironic edge to the evening. Boyer returning in the role he created is phenominal as the young teen especially when becoming terrified by the possiblity of unkown supernatural forces that he has no control over. Miss this, only if you dare!
Lucille Lortel Theatre
121 Christopher Street, betwn Bleecker & Hundson Streets
Wed 7pm; Thu, Fri 8pm; Sun 3. & 7:30pmThrough March 30th
212-924-8782 or www.mcctheater.org
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