In 2006, playwright Winter Miller persuaded New York Times columnist Nicholas D. Kristof to let her hitch a ride as he travelled in the Darfur region of Sudan. The pair talked to genocide survivors, who courageously recounted narratives of unspeakable horror. "In Darfur," in a very accomplished Nick Bowling production, is the play that Miller pledged she would write. But rather than a straight-up docudrama (which would have been better), Miller creates a fictional, hard-bitten Times correspondent (Kelli Simpkins), a passionate doctor (Gregory Isaac) and a genocide survivor, movingly played by Mildred Marie Langford. The play falters in telling the journalistic side of the story, but with the addition of some masterly videography by Mike Tutaj, this piece hits you in the gut.
Through March 20 at TimeLine Theatre, 615 W. Wellington Ave.; $28-$28 at 773-281-8463 or timelinetheatre.com
- CHRIS JONES