Breslin headlines 'Miracle Worker' revival

March 1, 2010 at 12:27 PM
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NEW YORK, March 1 (UPI) -- Teenage U.S. film star Abigail Breslin says the biggest difference between acting in a movie and on stage is how many takes one has to get a scene right.

The "Signs," "Little Miss Sunshine" and "Zombieland" star recently began her role of blind and deaf Helen Keller in the New York stage revival of "The Miracle Worker." Co-starring Alison Pill, Matthew Modine, Jennifer Morrison and Elizabeth Franz, the play is now in previews and officially opens at Manhattan's Circle in the Square Theatre March 3. This mark's Breslin's Broadway debut.

"The difference between doing film and doing Broadway is, obviously, in film you can get as many takes as you need. In this, you don't," the 13-year-old Breslin observed in a video clip posted on the play's Web site. "You get one take every night; that's it."

Breslin admitted William Gibson's 1880s-set, biographical drama about a young girl learning to communicate with the world makes for challenging work for an actress.

"We really just go through a lot of emotions in this play, and I really just think that it has a million different 'colors' to it," she said.

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