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LIDA's Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep wakes up again for a second run

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I have an adult niece in San Francisco who's into theater on the fringe; she's been a stage manager and a world traveler to various festivals, writes about theater for a Bay area newspaper, and every so often, hosts lives theatrical performances in her living room, sort of like a house concert without a band. To my mind, that's intriguing and pretty cool, so I was thrilled when the LIDA Project carried out a similar concept in Denver late least year with the cutting-edge play-serial Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep, a diatribe about health care in America that worked its way through six parts over six nights in six living rooms.

It's a great -- no, grand -- idea, and probably wasn't easy to pull off, given all the variables. But from all indications it succeeded in all the best ways, as noted by Westword theater critic Juliet Wittman. It even had its own built-in after-play salon situation: You were in someone's living room -- isn't that an invitation to sit awhile and talk?

The good news is that LIDA's Brian Freeland and cast are bringing it back for another run in the new year, perhaps due to one of those aforementioned variables: staging a play in a living room means not many people get to see it. And staging each part over a span of nights means not everyone who did go saw the whole thing.

To ease the pain, LIDA will kick off the second run with a sampler of excerpts from 6 to 8 p.m. during this Friday's Laundry on Lawrence Grand Opening; three weekends of consecutive doubled-up performances ($18) follow, interspersed with two nights -- on February 4 and 11 -- when the entire cycle will be performed, with dinner included ($75), in an unsurpassed deal.

Visit the website for a complete schedule and to purchase tickets in advance; email LIDA for the locations of each performance.

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