God, or those who claim to speak on His/Her/Their behalf, has had a busy week.
In Rowan County, Kentucky, an elected official named Kim Davis, apparently misremembering that she is paid to render unto Caesar, cited “God’s authority” as the reason she has defied the law of the land and refused to grant marriage certificates to same-sex couples. She’s been held in contempt of court and, as of this writing, is in a county detention center.
Meanwhile, “Hand of God,” a new original series from Amazon, is available for streaming today. I’ve seen only the trailer for the nine-part series, which the New York Times’s Mike Hale called “a California neo-noir thriller” and which centers on a judge (played by Ron Perlman, whom you may remember as Hellboy) who believes he can hear the voice of God, but I can’t help imagining the fictional Judge Pernell Harris meeting the real Ms. Kim Davis in court.
And “Hand of God” isn’t the only deity-themed entertainment in the news. Cast thine eyes on this holy-ish trinity:
Promotional image for “Hand of God,” with Ron Perlman and Dana Delany.
“Hand to God”—note the prepositional shift—is a new play by Robert Askins. It originated Off Broadway and opened in April at the Booth Theatre in New York, where it’s still playing. It features a foul-mouthed puppet named Tyrone and is, according to the Times review, “darkly delightful” and “flat-out hilarious.”
“An Act of God” is another new American play, this one written by David Javerbaum and starring Jim Parsons (of “The Big Bang Theory”) as You-Know-Who. It had a six-week run at New York’s Studio 54—yes, the ex-den of iniquity—from May through August, and will be revived, or resurrected, in the City of Angels (aka Los Angeles) early next year; Sean Hayes will star.*
And let us not forget the original Fun Deity, George Burns.
“Oh, God!” (1977), directed by Carl Reiner. Such a joker, this guy: “It's true. People have trouble remembering My Words. Moses had such a bad memory I had to give him tablets.”
* An earlier version erroneously had Sean Hayes as the playwright.