Sam Shepard’s vitriolic 2005 satire The God of Hell is an uncomfortable and imperfect play. Brutal and occasionally bemusing, it tells the story of a fugitive from a sinister government programme hiding from his pursuers on a Wisconsin dairy farm, its tone of gathering menace quickly dissolving into a surreal nightmare.

Director Rocky Rodriguez Jr’s revival builds on this absurdist streak, juggling humour and domestic horror to infuse the show with a brash, unsubtle silliness that is undeniably engaging.

Ryan Prescott plays unstable fugitive Haynes, his hands constantly shaking when they aren’t producing visible sparks of static electricity. His volatile temper and remorseful whimpering create exactly the right amount of doubt about his motivations to make the story gripping.

If you would like to find out more click the link below.

Review by The Stage on The God of Hell by Sam Shepard