REVIEW: 'The Miracle Worker' works miracles at Warriors Hall

Miracle Pump Scene

Sarah Hawkins as Annie Sullivan and Brooklyn Onuffer as Helen Keller perform the famous water pump scene from "The Miracle Worker" at Warriors Hall. Performances continue Saturday and Sunday.

BRIAN HUGHES / News Bulletin
Published: Saturday, April 12, 2014 at 12:44 PM.

CRESTVIEW — When I was in grade school some of my little friends told me some Helen Keller jokes. I couldn’t wait to get home to share them with my family.

“Hey Mom,” I said, bursting into the kitchen. “Did you ever see Helen Keller’s husband?”

The correct answer is, “Neither did she.”

Instead, Mother thought a moment and replied, “When I was a student nurse, we had Miss Keller as a patient. A gentleman would visit her sometimes. Perhaps that was her husband.”

Mom’s response may have deflated a young comedian, but it suddenly made me aware that Helen Keller had been a real, living, breathing, cognizant and, if indeed the visitor at Philadelphia General was her husband, loving person.

It also made me suitably ashamed for telling jokes at the expense of someone less blessed than I.

View From the Stage’s production of “The Miracle Worker,” running this afternoon and tomorrow at 2:30 and this evening at 7 p.m., does the same.

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