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Lynn Nottage's absorbing portrait of a poor black seamstress named Esther Miller yanks on the thread of inequality in 1905 New York City, dealing honestly and openly with issues of race and class. A spinster with few marriage prospects, Esther enters into an epistolary courtship with George Armstrong, a Barbadian laborer on the Panama Canal. Brandon Greenhouse's easy patois as George is immediately winning, but the show buckles in the second act, when the suitor arrives on the scene only to turn villainous. Steve Scott's direction for Eclipse Theatre never unites George's two sides, and there's a long slog as Kelly Owens's graceful Esther frays under her lover's mistreatment. But our belief in her class-defying delicacy is eventually restored by her relationship with a kindhearted orthodox Jewish fabric-shop owner (Eustace Allen), whose concealed affection for Esther is key to a sweetly moving ending. Jena Cutie

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