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What happens when you mash up Avenue Q and Book of Mormon? Yes, it's exactly what you're hoping for. The dark comedy Hand to God, now playing at the Berkeley Rep, tells the story of a devilish puppet named Tyrone who takes possession of his host's arm and wreaks havoc on a church group. With gospel songs, scandalous jokes, and themes of love and grief, these humble puppets teach us what it means to be human. Expertly acted and funny as hell, it's the perfect date-night activity. The show closes March 19, so grab your tickets now. Swing by the on-site bar before the show — a little liquid courage will help you get through the oh-God, cringe-funny moments.


A dark comedy about loss, family and religion.
Foul-mouthed puppets, of course.
Berkeley Repertory Theatre, 2025 Addison St., Berkeley, CA 94704
Through Mar. 19. See showtimes online.
Buy tickets online.


By Mike Weiss

San Francisco-based marketer Mike Weiss has an undying love for sports, film photography and anything with gin. He's a firm believer that the West Coast is the best coast. Find him on Twitter @mikeini.