Artists Rep continues exploring disability in its shows, first with ""Tribes" and now with "The Miracle Worker." Both plays deal with deafness.
Granted, it has been many years since I saw Arthur Penn's film version, but I do not recall a lot of humor in it. The play has a surprising amount of comedy in it. Mostly between Helen Keller and her tutor Anne Sullivan, but also between Captain and Mrs. Keller..
Agatha Olson and Val Landrum are a perfect pair. Olson displays astonishing abilities, made all the more remarkable considering her youth. "The Miracle Worker" would be a wonderful introduction to theatre for young audiences, or adults who want to begin theatre-going, and maybe especially those who want a respite from holiday fare. But, really, I recommend that you go if your heart is beating.