Citizens of an Oregon coastal town where meth labs have replaced paper mills are divided by accusations of child abuse. But the truth–and an opportune wildfire–sets them free. Avoiding the show-off symbolism of slicker scripts, Alice Austen’s down-home drama is about real people who’ve reached dead ends: a confused charismatic preacher, a pot-growing “horticulturalist” who turns to orchids for redemption, an eco-terrorist intent on preserving the water by destroying farms. Nothing happens here because the audience wants it–there’s no wish fulfillment. Well cast and justifiably earnest, Russ Tutterow’s staging is anchored by Peter DeFaria’s commanding performance as a bullying husband while Cat Dean as an accused mother turns a supposed victim of postpartum depression into a complex survivor. –Lawrence Bommer a Through 5/27: Thu-Sat 8 PM, Sun 3 PM, Chicago Dramatists, 1105 W. Chicago, 312-633-0630, $22-$28.