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God's Country



Steven Dietz's 1988 docudrama about the racist Christian terrorist sect the Order, which was responsible for the 1984 slaying of Denver radio host Alan Berg, feels mighty stodgy compared to more hard-hitting documentary plays like Emily Mann's Greensboro: A Requiem and Moises Kaufman's The Laramie Project. Dietz dutifully provides the documentary portion through a barrage of exposition and courtroom testimony that makes cartoon clear just how scary the Order and other like-minded organizations are. What he can't provide is drama. There's no steady focus or arc to the action and no attempt to show how these homegrown terrorists came to believe as they did, so a play that should feel remarkably timely instead feels well-intentioned but dull. John McCormick's Berg is a standout in Lila M. Stromer's staging, but the rest of the cast ranges from adequate to floundering. Through 5/28: Thu-Sat 8 PM. Sun 5/8 and 5/15, 2 PM. Boxer Rebellion Theater, 1257 W. Loyola, 773-465-7325. $10-$15.

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