The Not-For-Tourists Dark Comedy 'Hand to God' Opens on Broadway

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Wednesday, April 08, 2015

Michael Oberholtzer, Geneva Carr, Steven Boyer, Marc Kudisch and Sarah Stiles in a scene from 'Hand to God' on Broadway. Michael Oberholtzer, Geneva Carr, Steven Boyer, Marc Kudisch and Sarah Stiles in a scene from 'Hand to God' on Broadway. (Joan Marcus)

Robert Askins’s dark comedy Hand to God has already had two productions Off Broadway, at Ensemble Studio Theatre and MCC Theater. Now it’s making the leap to the big time, opening on Broadway’s Booth Theatre in the thick of the spring season. The show stars Steven Boyer as a troubled, but good-hearted teenage boy whose alter ego, an evil hand puppet named Tyrone, gradually wreaks havoc on his life.

It’s pretty unusual for a play to have three separate New York runs. New York Times theater critic Charles Isherwood lets us in on what makes Hand to God so special — and so funny.

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