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Final performances of 'Hand to God' at Pittsburgh’s City Theatre

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City Theatre has a hit with this wild comedy, so much so that it's extended the show's run by nearly a week, through Sat., Oct. 22.

Maggie Carr and Nick LaMedica (with Tyrone) in "Hand to God" - PHOTO COURTESY OF JUSTIN MERRIMAN
  • Photo courtesy of Justin Merriman
  • Maggie Carr and Nick LaMedica (with Tyrone) in "Hand to God"
City's staging is one of the first regional-theater production of playwright Robert Askins' Broadway smash about a suburban Texas Christian kid whose hand becomes possessed by a demonic puppet named Tyrone.

I saw the show this past Friday, and it's indeed very funny, yet with a surprisingly potent subtext about grief. Oh, and also with some epic puppet sex.

In other words, it's not for kids, with more f-bombs than I've heard at City Theatre maybe ever. (Also, perhaps City's shallowest stage ever: The scenery representing the walls of church basement is at most 10 feet from the lip of the stage, giving the whole thing, appropriately, the feel of a life-sized puppet show.)

Nick LaMedica excels as both troubled teenage puppeteer Jason and the deliciously wicked Tyrone. And the whole evening is a lightning-fast 90 minutes, including intermission.

Here's Ted Hoover's review for CP.

Bonus: Though Hand to God dates from 2011, it includes coincidental echoes of the current presidential campaign, including a "Miss Piggy" reference. However — and this is very important — all the puppet sex is consensual.

Hand To God has four more performances, starting with tomorrow night’s.

Regularly priced tickets start at $37.50, with special $15 tickets for patrons under age 30. Tickets are available here.

City Theatre is located at 1300 Bingham St., on the South Side.

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