April 8th, 2006

Puddle Graphic

Ahh. Actors.

The Miracle Worker tells the story of Helen Keller, who was deaf, dumb and blind. In one production in the Midwest, the actor playing the Doctor was discovered to have a drinking problem. But as his chracer was only in the first scene, the Director took pity on him and cast him anyway. At the start of the play, the Doctor is supposed to inform the Keller family taht a fever has left their infant without the use of her eyes, years, or vocal chords. Unfortunrate on opening night, the actor drunkenly blurted, “mr and Mrs. Keller, I’ve got bad news. Your daughter is... dead.” the other actors were stunned. If Helen was deadm the play couldn’t go on. Thinking quicklym the actress playing Mrs. Keller ad-libbed, “I think we need a second opinion.” The curtain came down, and the durnken actor was yanked off stage. The stage manager put on the Doctor’s white coat and took his place on stage. When the curtain went up again, the new Doctor declared, “Your baby is alive, but she’ll be deaf, dumb and blind for the rest of her life.” The actor playing Mr. Kller was so relieved to hear the correct lines that he clasped his hands together and cried, “Thank God!”
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