Maureen Gallagher's absorbing play about photojournalism and its discontents gets a nearly perfect world premiere. Gallagher doesn't avoid all novice-playwright pitfalls--the ending is a bit pat--but she makes us care about the central characters, a quartet of photographers (and the girlfriend of the wildest among them) covering the end of apartheid. Darrell W. Cox as Furey gives one of his most restrained performances, just as engaging and persuasive during the character's collapse as during his ascent. Director Anna C. Bahow elicits terrific performances from her five cast members (all but Cox play multiple roles), particularly Terry Hamilton, though his confusing accent sounds more Australian than South African. Mike Tutaj's projections of war photographs and shots of Chicago are superb, and dramaturge Maren Robinson supplies TimeLine's trademark historical perspective in helpful lobby notes on South Africa's troubles and the development of photojournalism. Through 6/19: Thu-Sat 8 PM, Sun 2 PM. TimeLine Theatre Company, Wellington Avenue United Church of Christ, Baird Hall Theatre, 615 W. Wellington (courtyard entrance), 773-281-8463. $10-$22.