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Hand to God - 2015 - Broadway

The hilarious and provocative Hand to God centers on shy, inquisitive student Jason, who finds an outlet for his burgeoning creativity at the Christian Puppet Ministry in the devoutly religious, relatively quiet small town of Cypress, Texas. Jason's complicated relationships with the town pastor, the school bully, the girl next door and-most especially-his mother are thrown into further upheaval when Jason's hand puppet Tyrone-once soft-spoken-takes on a shocking and dangerously irreverent personality all its own. As Tyrone's influence over Jason steadily grows, Hand to God explores the startlingly fragile nature of faith, morality, and the ties that bind us.

Hand to God will feature the complete cast of the hit 2014 MCC Theater production: Steven Boyer as Jason/Tyrone; Geneva Carr, in her Broadway debut, as Margery; Tony Award nominee Marc Kudisch as Pastor Greg; Sarah Stiles as Jessica; and Michael Oberholtzer, in his Broadway debut, as Timmy. Boyer reprises the role for which he has been honored with an Obie Award, the Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Leading Actor in a Play, the Actors' Equity Association Clarence Derwent Award for Most Promising Newcomer, and a citation from the Drama League for Distinguished Performance, among other awards.

Schedule

Running Time: One hour and 55 minutes with one intermission

Booth Theatre (Broadway)

(New York, NY)
222 West 45th St. Seating Chart
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Featured Reviews For Hand to God


'Hand to God': Theater Review - Hollywood Reporter
Bold new American plays by unestablished dramatists too seldom make it to Broadway, so this commercially risky endeavor - a challenge approached head-on by producers in their amusing marketing campaign ­- is to be applauded. The show also brings a welcome breath of fresh air via a director, Moritz von Stuelpnagel, new to the commercial theater mainstream, and a talented ensemble of five actors, only one of whom, Marc Kudisch, is a Broadway regular. The sharp production has evolved over two hit off-Broadway incarnations, increasing in size with each move, and it now sits quite snugly in the still-intimate confines of the Booth Theatre...Director von Stuelpnagel and his terrific cast tackle this darkly funny material with a shrewd balance of heightened reality, warped sitcom and underlying pathos, landing all the jokes while never denying the genuine sorrow and anger driving both Jason and Margery to such erratic behavior...The five actors couldn't be better...But the real virtuoso performance is Boyer's. Whether trembling with fear as the deeply unhappy, reedy-voiced Jason or with power-crazed tyranny, wild irreverence and thundering rage as Tyrone, he creates two entirely distinct characters that give the illusion of existing independently of one another. Together, they somehow add up to one messed-up but affectingly real kid. Forgive the pun, but Boyer deserves a big hand.

‘Hand to God’ review: Steven Boyer devilishly good in Robert Askins' smart, funny, foul-mouthed comedy - NY Daily News
The new Broadway comedy "Hand to God" is so ridiculously raunchy, irreverent and funny it's bound to leave you sore from laughing. Ah, hurts so good...As in two earlier downtown runs of the show, Steven Boyer stars as Jason, and his acting and puppeteering are exceptional. Watching him do battle against his own dark side - Tyrone appears to yank him like a rag doll - is as good as physical comedy gets. It can't be outdone - and shouldn't be missed...But Askins, in his Broadway debut, proves deft at writing dialogue that's hysterical and at serving up insights about organized religion and family dysfunction. He's unapologetically profane - prompting a handful of walkouts after a line about body fluids at a recent performance. Their loss. Ultimately, Askins gets to what pain does to people. All the characters - even the cloth one - are up to their eyeballs in agony. Under the direction of Moritz von Stuelpnagel, the production zips by. It's not typical Broadway fare, but all involved deserve a big hand.


 



 

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by Tyler Peterson - December 23, 2015
It was a FULL HOUSE reunion on Broadway last night when Mary-Kate Olsen came to visit her former television father, Bob Saget, at HAND TO GOD. Saget documented their visit on Instagram - check out shots below!
by Jessica Khan - December 17, 2015
HAND TO GOD can now celebrate a legal victory over the holiday season.
by Michael Dale - December 16, 2015
Saget has something to say to those comparing Trump to legendary insult comic Don Rickles.
by Michael Dale - December 10, 2015
The playwright, the company and associate producer Lucas McMahon chat with Talks at Google.
by Michael Dale - December 9, 2015
The comedy and television star sees his new HAND TO GOD role as part of a career and personal transition.
by Caryn Robbins - November 30, 2015
Bob Saget stopped by this morning's TODAY on NBC and shared with the anchors that he took an involuntary 'vow of celibacy' to play a Lutheran pastor in the Tony-nominated Broadway play HAND TO GOD.
by Michael Dale - November 16, 2015
He created Broadway's most foul-mouthed blasphemous character but is actually a very spiritual man.
by Caryn Robbins - November 10, 2015
The actor stopped by ABC's THE VIEW to talk about his latest project and explained, 'the press department says it's a combination of BOOK OF MORMON and AVENUE Q, if they had a baby it would be this play.'
by Jessica Fallon Gordon - November 9, 2015
Comedy and television icon Bob Saget just stepped into the role of 'Pastor Greg' in the Tony Award-nominated comedy Hand to God beginning last week through the production's previously announced closing on January 3, 2016. Saget returns to Broadway after making his Broadway debut in 2007 in the Tony-winning musical The Drowsy Chaperone. He will join current Hand to Godcast members Steven Boyer, Geneva Carr, Sarah Stiles, and Michael Oberholtzer.
by Sally Henry - November 7, 2015
It was a Tanner family reunion at the Booth Theatre.
by BroadwayWorld TV - November 3, 2015
Comedy and television icon Bob Saget will step into the role of 'Pastor Greg' in the Tony Award-nominated comedy Hand to God beginning tonight, November 3, 2015 through the production's previously announced closing on January 3, 2016. Saget returns to Broadway after making his Broadway debut in 2007 in the Tony-winning musical The Drowsy Chaperone.  Below, watch as he explains why he can't wait to return to the stage as 'Pastor Greg'!
by BWW News Desk - November 3, 2015
Comedy and television icon Bob Saget will step into the role of 'Pastor Greg' in the Tony Award-nominated comedy Hand to God beginning tonight, November 3, 2015 through the production's previously announced closing on January 3, 2016.
by BWW News Desk - October 26, 2015
Legendary filmmaker Steven Spielberg stopped backstage to praise the cast of HAND TO GOD after seeing Sunday's matinee performance. Fun fact: Tony nominee Steven Boyer currently appears onscreen with Tom Hanks in Spielberg's latest film BRIDGE OF SPIES. Scroll down for a photo of Spielberg with the company!
by Caryn Robbins - October 23, 2015
The comic stopped by this morning's TODAY and compared the character to his raunchy stand-up persona, joking that the he is 'a stretch for me in that he is a good man.'
by TV - Press Previews - October 22, 2015
As BroadwayWorld previously reported, comedy and television icon Bob Saget will step into the role of 'Pastor Greg' in the Tony® Award-nominated comedy Hand to God beginning November 3, 2015 through the production's previously announced closing on January 3, 2016. Saget returns to Broadway after making his Broadway debut in 2007 in the Tony® winning musical The Drowsy Chaperone. He will join current Hand to Godcast members Steven Boyer, Geneva Carr,Sarah Stiles, and Michael Oberholtzer. 3-time Tony® nominee Marc Kudisch, who originated the role of 'Pastor Greg', exits the production on November 1st to begin production on Baritones Unbound. Hand to God plays at the Booth Theatre (222 West 45th Street) through January 3, 2016 before immediately transferring to London's West End, with performances beginning on February 5, 2016 at the famed Vaudeville Theatre.
by Walter McBride - October 21, 2015
As BroadwayWorld previously reported, comedy and television icon Bob Saget will step into the role of 'Pastor Greg' in the Tony® Award-nominated comedy Hand to God beginning November 3, 2015 through the production's previously announced closing on January 3, 2016. Saget returns to Broadway after making his Broadway debut in 2007 in the Tony® winning musical The Drowsy Chaperone. He will join current Hand to Godcast members Steven Boyer, Geneva Carr,Sarah Stiles, and Michael Oberholtzer. 3-time Tony® nominee Marc Kudisch, who originated the role of 'Pastor Greg', exits the production on November 1st to begin production on Baritones Unbound. Hand to God plays at the Booth Theatre (222 West 45th Street) through January 3, 2016 before immediately transferring to London's West End, with performances beginning on February 5, 2016 at the famed Vaudeville Theatre.
by Michael Dale - October 20, 2015
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