The Miracle Worker
Twelve-year-old Helen Keller lived in a prison of silence and darkness. Born deaf, blind, and mute, with no way to express herself or comprehend those around her, she flew into primal rages against anyone who tried to help her, fighting tooth and nail with a strength born of furious, unknowing desperation.
Then Annie Sullivan came. Half-blind herself, ...more
Helen Keller was one of those players. My grandmother said that Helen had to have an interpreter present on stage, not only to convey questions to her, but to interpret her spoken words, since Helen never really mastered speaking well enough to be understood by strangers. At the times my gr ...more
The Miracle Worker was one of those plays intended to reach out to the readers' hearts. The story is of Helen Keller, one of the most iconic figures throughout the world, and her struggle with Annie Sullivan to gain understanding of the world around her.
It portrays a crude glimpse at what Helen's life, and the life of those around her, had in store. Crafted from historical fiction, The Miracle Worker shows how each relation to Helen was "broken" in some way, and how Helen seemed to be the center...more
This is my third or fourth go-round with William Gibson's The Miracle Worker. I'll be directing it this fall at my school, and so with any play comes the inevitable multiple-readings; this weekend was my "Design Read," where my focus is redirected from the character, plot, language, and meaning of the show to the practical needs and abstract ideas for a production (where does this tabl ...more
The scenery and the ideas portrayed were amazing. I loved how easily I could understand the time ...more
The play based on the meeting of Annie Sullivan and the wild child, Helen Keller. I read books about Helen Keller when I was younger and knew the basic story but reading the play was a treat and I plan on watching the movie once the teenager reads it for his book club as well so we can enjoy it together. Simply but powerfully done from the stubbornness of Annie who is determined that this girl should learn and use the mind she clearly has to the desperation of ...more
But I rated it 2 stars because I didn't really like the writing. The entire play just seemed to be teetering between fiction and fact, and it made the overall feel pretty awkward.
I felt as if the authors were hesitant to make it too unbelievable because they didn't want to take aw ...more
THE MIRACLE WORKER
I’ve recently read the play The Miracle Worker by William Gibson. It creates many strong images and moments.
The Miracle Worker is about Helen Keller, a girl born both deaf and blind. The character Annie is hired to teach Helen. Annie teaches her a language by tapping symbols on each others hands. At first the chance that Helen will understand seems impossible and no one believes that Helen will do anything significant in her life. When she finally understands this new form of ...more
It was interesting reading "The Miracle Worker" at the same time as I've been working on blocking my own one act, "What Haunts Me." Both plays are abstract and travel through time and space fluidly. As I've been trying to figure out how to cue the audience in transitions from the present to the past and block it smoothly, it struck me how smoothly "The Miracle Worker" does. It shifts from a train, to the Keller household, to the front yard, and ...more
William Gibson was a Tony Award-winning American playwright and novelist. He graduated from the City College of New York in 1938.
Gibson's most famous play is The Miracle Worker (1959), the story of Helen Keller's childhood education, which won him the Tony Award for Best Pla ...more