The Miracle Worker | Lincoln Square Theatre, Berry Memorial United Methodist Church | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through May 17 2009
Price: $5-$15
You'd think William Gibson's play, about how Annie Sullivan taught Helen Keller to comprehend language despite Keller's inability to hear or see, would more or less perform itself. Thanks to the 1962 movie with Anne Bancroft and Patty Duke, the story and certain set pieces--like Annie and Helen's pitched battle over eating with silverware--are practically iconic. Just get within range of the Miracle Worker in our heads and we'll fill in the blanks, right? Well, no, not right, as Kristina Schramm's 95-minute Lincoln Square Theatre production demonstrates. Annie has to be tough as nails or her growing love for Helen won't be meaningful, but Rebecca Chicoine's Annie isn't tough. Helen has to be charming yet wild or her breakthrough to understanding won't have weight, but Brita Morland's Helen isn't wild. And so it goes, through every role. These blanks are too big to be filled in. --Tony Adler



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