The marathon

From 11 am to 11 pm, with epic winds raging outside: Horton Foote's The Orphans' Home Cycle by the Signature Theatre Company at the Peter Norton Space. Three three-hour plays (compressed together from nine separate plays) that weave a tale not unlike It's a Wonderful Life meets Our Town—though more Wilder than Capra, being short on sentiment and Hollywood conclusions. 22 actors playing 66 roles and strung through the heart of it: Hallie Foote, ringing bright and clear as a thin brass bell, the lines of her father written all over her face. Lesson? Life keeps rolling. A stunning achievement guided by a patient ear and ah! a gentle hand.