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

Published: Saturday, April 12, 2014 at 12:44 PM.

“Nothing I say is right,” James laments.

“Then why say anything?” Kate Keller replies.

As Helen’s father, Capt. Keller, Jeremy Edwards was the weakest of the leads, but only because the others were so strong, including Douglas as his son, who after years of browbeating finally stands up to his father in a pivotal scene.

From VFTS’s holiday production of “A Christmas Carol,” we know Edwards is an accomplished actor. However, in “The Miracle Worker” his emotions seemed to be limited to blustery and blustier.

Such bluster, however, served to set the stage for a sudden rush of welcome tenderness unexpected from the otherwise curmudgeonly Confederate Army veteran, who through most of show is Annie Sullivan’s biggest skeptic.

A strong supporting cast includes a bevy of buoyant and loving blind children who bid Annie goodbye as she leaves the Boston school for the blind where she was a pupil, and her teacher and mentor, Dr. Anagnos, sensitively played by Joseph Kenkel.

Bettye Keefer also provides comic relief as the accommodating Aunt Ev, who shares her brother, Capt. Keller’s, skepticism that Annie Sullivan can’t help Helen and has only turned the Keller household topsy-turvy.

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