Sunday, December 3, 2017

L-R: Seth Harris, Linda Williams, Hannah Ford and Julie Kaye Wolf (Photo credit: Christine Fisk)

     William Gibson’s “The Miracle Worker,” is currently onstage at The John Hand Theater on Lowry.
     The story of Annie Sullivan’s work with the tantrum-throwing Helen Keller is a perennial favorite.
    Thanks to Peter J. Hughes’ directorial gift, the core of the play is presented with visceral power!
     Hannah Ford’s portrayal of the young Helen Keller is outstanding.
     Julie Kaye Wolf’s dynamic performance in the role of Annie Sullivan is most memorable.
     Seth Palmer Harris delivers a Captain Keller that makes us wish he were cast in serious dramatic roles much more often.
     Linda Williams is perfect casting in the role of Helen’s mother, Kate.
     Steve Tangedal’s lighting design is remarkable.
     Rick Reid’s sound design excels.
     One sees what director Peter J. Hughes is attempting here and wishes that the supporting cast could keep up with the actors cast in the roles of the four central characters.
     A little slow getting up steam, the production soon fires on all emotional cylinders.
     Also …expecting the usual curtain speech at this theater - and not getting one -  the audience on the night this critic was in attendance took a while to shut up.
     You may have to say: “SHHHH!”  I did.
               Worth a peek.

Firehouse Theater
“The Miracle Worker”
The amazing journey of Annie Sullivan and her student, blind and mute Helen Keller. 
Nov. 25 – Dec. 23
Fri/Sat at 7:30 p.m., Sun. at 2:00 p.m.
$20 - $23 
303-562-3232 or online at
@ The John Hand Theater, 7653 East 1st Place, Denver, CO 80230
Running time: 2 hours with one intermission