William Gibson's The Miracle Worker used to have worshippers, too—misled, I suspect, by the fervent ferocity of Anne Bancroft and Patty Duke, as Annie Sullivan and the child Helen Keller, in Arthur Penn's original 1959 production. Wish I'd seen it. Kate Whoriskey's Circle in the Square revival, deriving competence rather than ferocious fervency from Alison Pill and Abigail Breslin, lays out Gibson's stiff-jointed, hokey, repetitive script so tidily that you can't be blind to its shortcomings. Playwriting today looks awfully good by comparison.

Bill Cain'sGunpowder Macbeth: Equivocation
Joan Marcus
Bill Cain'sGunpowder Macbeth: Equivocation


By Bill Cain
Manhattan Theatre Club
131 West 55th Street, 212-581-1212

The Tempest
By William Shakespeare
BAM Harvey Theater
651 Fulton Street, Brooklyn, 718-636-4100

The Miracle Worker
By William Gibson
Circle in the Square Theatre
235 West 50th Street, 212-239-6200


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