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'Hand to God' review: Puppet satire

Steven Boyer and Tyrone in a scene from

Steven Boyer and Tyrone in a scene from MCC Theater's "Hand to God" at the Lortel Theater. "Hand to God," a satire about Christian Puppet is directed by Moritz von Stuelpnagel. Credit: Joan Marcus

The irreverent puppetry in "Avenue Q" is kids' stuff compared with the devil-made-me-do-it depravities in "Hand to God," Robert Askins' wicked little satire that reopened at MCC Theater after three sold-out runs at Ensemble Studio Theater in 2011-12. We are in a Texas church basement where a needy widow (Geneva Carr) tries to rally a group of misfits into a show for the Christian Puppet Ministry.

They include her son Jason and his puppet, named Tyrone, who has teeth and who has permanently attached himself to the sweet fellow's arm and is probably the devil. The production has an unpretentious junk-theater style. Everyone, including Broadway's Marc Kudisch as the duplicitous pastor, has a lovely demented flair. But the reason the show keeps rising from the dead is Steven Boyer, who understandably won an Obie for his virtuosic double duty as a boy and his evil hand.

WHAT "Hand to God"

WHERE MCC Theater at Lortel Theatre, 121 Christopher St.

INFO $69-$89; 212-924-8782;

BOTTOM LINE A boy and the devil on his hand.

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