The Act review true crime drama tells a staggeringly disturbing story

Patricia Arquette and Joey King give strong performances in an uncomfortable new series about a horrifying case of Munchausen syndrome by proxy At the conclusion of the first episode of The Act, Gypsy Rose Blanchard (Joey King) sits up in bed next to her mother, Dee Dee (Patricia Arquette). She slides her feet out from under the covers and skims the floor with her toes, which crack under her weight. Then she stands up and, without waking her mother, walks to the kitchen for a midnight snack. Gypsys furtive steps are revelatory, to a point Gypsy has spent the prior 50 or so minutes of screen time in a wheelchair, seemingly beset by illnesses that keep her head bald and …