The Miracle Worker
A moving drama based on the story of Helen Keller and her teacher.Average Rating: based on 3 votes
Show Category: Drama
Starring: Abigail Breslin
|Opening:||Feb 12, 2010|
|Closing:||Apr 4, 2010|
Show Website: http://www.miracleworkeronbroadway.com
Circle in the Square Theatre
New York, NY
Between 50th and 51st streets
The Miracle Worker tells the story of Helen Keller, a child who is blind and deaf, and Annie Sullivan - a teacher that manages to break through to her and help her to communicate with the world.
The story itself is very interesting, and it is presented well. Although I'm sure the story is dramatized somewhat to make a more entertaining show, it gives you a lot of respect for the real-life people who were in this situation. The Miracle Worker was one of the better shows we've seen on Broadway in awhile.
The stage is a circle in the middle of the room, and there are seats all around it, looking into the circle. I found this format worked really well with this play - you felt like you were watching the action unfold, rather than having the action being presented at you.
The Miracle Worker is a revival of the 1950's play about Helen Keller and her teacher Anne Sullivan. The play is performed at the Circle in the Square Theater, which has a unique setup. The stage is a circle in the center of an audience sitting all around. All the furniture and set pieces were hanging from the ceiling and came down when necessary. Instead of watching actors perform to one side, you feel like they are acting out a scene below you in which you are a bystander. It's a very neat effect, and I think it's an excellent way to perform this play. The setup of the theater allows every seat to be close to the stage, and you feel like you are close to the action and emotions of the actors. The starry cast were all great actors, which was very noticeable in this close setup.
This play is an old classic. The actors did an excellent job, but I didn't feel this show had the Broadway flash.
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