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From left to right: Dotty (Stephanie Spohrer) makes excuses to her husband, Hamel (Adam Hegg) in the comedy "Out of Sterno." The show runs from Sept. 26 through Oct. 19 at Burien Actors Theatre.

Out of Sterno - Burien Actor's Theatre

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Dotty lives what most of us would consider a “sheltered life.”

She hasn’t left her apartment in seven years. She suspects absolutely nothing when a nude photo of another woman appears in the jacket pocket of her less-than-affectionate husband Hamel. She still follows her mother’s advice that would make even a 1950s housewife cringe. Dotty’s style of dress also seems stuck in that period.

She lives an existence that seems straight out of Samuel Beckett-style absurdism. But what happens next would be more fitting in a Lewis Carroll novel than anything else.

Burien Actor’s Theatre opens its 35th season with “Out of Sterno” by Deborah Zoe Laufer, a surrealist black comedy that explores a naïve young woman’s awakening to modern feminism with quirky twists and turns that keep you guessing up until the very end.

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