Show Business: Old Pro at Ten

The moment the camera focused on the kids in the cast, Armstrong Circle Theater's Zone of Silence (CBS) changed from a quiet, competent documentary into a warm and moving play. A tour through The Bronx's St. Joseph's School for the Deaf turned into a tense, hour-long exploration of all the dimensions of a handicapped child's difficulties. With consistent skill, none of the youngsters ever seemed to slip out of the isolating "zone of silence," but none of them fitted the difficult script with more professional precision than a blue-eyed, bang-trimmed ten-year-old named Patty...

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