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Hand to God

by Robert Askins 
Singapore Repertory Theatre
KC Arts Centre, Singapore

Children have strange ways of acting out when things don't go according to plan. Some may throw tantrums, others may run away from home or in Robert Askins's cracker of a play, they may throw themselves into the world of puppets. 
Margery (Janice Koh) is a recently widowed Sunday school teacher who teaches a weekly sock puppet class at the local Lutheran church. One of the students is her teenage son Jason (Thomas Pang), a gawky kid who takes to his cartoonish avatar a little too easily. What starts out as a series of fun skits and songs turns into full-blown mayhem when Jason's puppet Tyrone takes on a life of its own, leaving a trail of destruction in its wake.

Is Tyrone a demon that needs to be exorcised or is he merely the product of a child acting out in his grief and anger? In Pang's powerful and ultimately empathetic portrayal, we realize that Jason is just a boy who wants to be noticed and ta…

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