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A Behanding in Spokane

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Carmichael is approaching the closure he's been pursuing for the past 27 years. He's in a cruddy hotel room, waiting for his meeting with Toby and Marilyn, who say they can help him. All Carmichael needs is a hand out — specifically his left hand, which was severed from his arm more than a quarter-century ago. He's been pursuing his wayward appendage all the while, and now he's close: Toby and Marilyn claim to have Carmichael's hand, and they'll sell it back to him for the right price. But can a man fixated on what he doesn't have and two people who've sunk so low they're selling necrotic body parts in dumpy hotels successfully close any deal? Martin McDonagh's black comedy A Behanding in Spokane puts you in the room for the dead-end deal of the century. St. Louis Actors' Studio continues its season with A Behanding in Spokane. Performances take place at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and at 3 p.m. Sunday (December 1 to 17) at the Gaslight Theater (358 North Boyle Avenue; www.stlas.org). Tickets are $30 to $35.

— Paul Friswold

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