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It’s no secret that the Alaska back country attracts loners and kooks, and Brilliant Traces offers one of each. Henry Harry’s the solitary type: He’s got a one-room cabin with exactly one bed, one chair, and one pair of boots. Rosannah Deluce is nuts: She shows up at Harry’s doorstep in the middle of a blizzard wearing a wedding gown, having driven straight through from Arizona stopping only for candy bars and gas. Thus, the two end up with a more-acute-than-average case of cabin fever, punctuated with nigh-on-senseless talk of DNA, flying though space, and suicidal fantasies. Kennedy Center Kenan Acting Fellows Maggie Marlin and Brian Sutherin give fine performances but get stuck in the glacial pacing of Cindy Lou Johnson’s script: If a stranger showed up at the door of your hermit cabin, you might feel motivated to ask a few questions right off the bat; Johnson strings those questions out through nearly two hours and a hefty load of cumbersome metaphor. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. (see City List for other dates) at the District of Columbia Arts Center, 2438 18th St. NW. $5. (202) 462-7833. (Mike DeBonis)