Foote wallows in no Dickensian sentimentality here: The reunion's goodwill is kept to a terse minimum, while the newlyweds' drab room, like the widow's parlor in the first act, seems a magnet attracting every deranged or drunk person in the area. It's less hope for the future than a kind of dumbly persistent will to survive, now shared, that keeps Horace pressing on. Heck embodies it with moving impassivity; Lacey, coming into her own in this segment, provides towering support.

Never quite what it seems: Sean McNall, Lee Stark, and Michael Brusasco in Misalliance
Sam Hough
Never quite what it seems: Sean McNall, Lee Stark, and Michael Brusasco in Misalliance

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Misalliance
By George Bernard Shaw
Pearl Theatre Company (MTC Stage II)
131 West 55th Street, 212-581-1212

Ernest in Love
By Anne Croswell and Lee Pockriss
Irish Repertory Theatre
132 West 22nd Street, 212-727-2737

The Orphans' Home Cycle, Part 2
By Horton Foote
Signature Theater
555 West 42nd Street, 212-244-7529

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