Young Annie Sullivan, hired by the Kellers in 1886 to tame their wild, blind and deaf daughter Helen, was practically blind herself, raised in a poorhouse and stubborn as the mule in their barn. But stubborn gets the job done when you're playing impossible odds and can hardly see the cards you're dealt. Decades and 12 books later, a then world-famous author, lecturer and traveler Helen Keller would agree that her mentor's tough love and hand-to-hand "combat" against the darkness worked where a family's pity failed. William Gibson's account of Annie and Helen has left audiences teary-eyed since 1959. Through August 4, The Miracle Worker (as Mark Twain dubbed Sullivan) runs onstage at the Artisan Center Theater, 420 E. Pipeline Road on Hursts historical Belaire Plaza. Call 817-284-1200 or visit artisanct.com.
Mondays, Thursdays-Saturdays, 7:30 p.m.; Saturdays, 3 p.m. Starts: July 13. Continues through Aug. 4