I grew up quite infatuated with the life and story of Helen Keller. Her intelligence, her accomplishments, and the obstacles she faced. I read and re-read the story of her studies with Anne Sullivan and when her story was captured on film in The Miracle Worker with Patty Duke, I was riveted.
So when I received an invitation from Transport Group to see a performance of Three Days To See, conceived and directed by Jack Cummings III, based on the words of Helen Keller, at Theatre 79, 79 East 4 Street, between Bowery and Second Avenue, I immediately accepted.
And I was not disappointed. I already knew that Helen Keller was amazing, but through the voices of seven actors on an off-Broadway stage, I learned so much about her life. She graduated from Radcliffe. She loved reading. She loved theater. She loved the movie “Gone with the Wind”. She wrote fourteen books. She was political. She was an advocate for the disabled. She was a feminist. Her story is heroic. She is brave. You will leave the theater with even a higher appreciation for her –and life — than when you walk in. The play will even make you think about what your own life would be like without sight and sound.
In addition to the dialogue, the play uses music and movement to tell its story. The cast of Three Days to See is Ito Aghayere (“Orange is the New Black,” The Liquid Plain), Patrick Boll (Mamma Mia, All the Way Home), Marc De La Cruz (If/Then, Allegiance), Theresa McCarthy (Queen of the Mist, Floyd Collins), Chinaza Uche (“Bintou,” The Day On Which a Man Dies), Barbara Walsh (Company, Falsettos), and Zoe Wilson. They are all powerful and clearly the words spilling out of their mouths have meaning.
All performances take place at Theatre 79, 79 E. 4th Street (bet. 2nd Avenue & The Bowery). Playing schedule: Tuesdays-Saturdays at 7:30pm, Sundays at 3pm. For tickets, visit transportgroup.org/three-days-to-see.
Disclosure: I was given complimentary tickets to this play but all opinions are my own.