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In his 2002 play about a dysfunctional family of religious fanatics, Adam Rapp revisits themes he's explored before: obsessive love, toxic families, the death (accidental or otherwise) of a sibling. But this script's pace is so glacial that his dependence on stereotypes, awkward endings, and the gratuitous use of such taboo material as incest and sadism becomes glaringly obvious. Anthony Moseley, apparently unaware of the play's flaws, has directed the fine Collaboraction ensemble, led by Craige Christensen and Bill McGough, to underplay every dramatic moment. You wonder how many audience members over the course of this run will flee the theater at intermission, thereby missing Rapp's more interesting second act. --Jack Helbig a Through 12/17: Thu-Sat 8 PM, Sun 3 PM, no show Thu 11/23, Chicago Dramatists, 1105 W. Chicago, 312-226-9633, $18-$25.

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