A Light in the Dark: The Story of Helen Keller & Anne Sullivan | Ruth Page Center for the Arts | Theater & Performance, Dance | Chicago Reader
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A Light in the Dark: The Story of Helen Keller & Anne Sullivan 

When: Tuesdays-Sundays. Continues through Oct. 23 2016
Price: $25-$39
As with last year’s vibrant Snowflake, Chicago Children’s Theatre shows that speech isn’t the only language to tell a tale in its latest, a coproduction with Thodos Dance Chicago that recounts the story of Helen Keller and her teacher Anne Sullivan. The work opens with Anne, haunted by the early loss of her brother, and shows how this gave rise to her passion for teaching. Eventually she's hired by the Keller family as a tutor for blind, deaf, and mute Helen. Fittingly, few words are spoken on stage; Helen’s dances move from spastic to elegant, revealing her awakening. As the story progresses her movements become more controlled—but also more joyful, her wildness now channeled and contained. The final moments reveal the process has been spiritually transformative for both student and teacher. —Suzanne Scanlon



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