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Robert Trussell from the KC Star previews A Very Accidental Holiday opening this Sunday (Nov 27th) at Lidia’s Restaurant.

Theater returns to Lidia’s

By ROBERT TRUSSELL

The Kansas City Star

The Living Room and Lidia’s have joined forces again to present a unique form of theater.

“A Very Accidental Holiday,” a celebration of silent cinema, begins performances Sunday in the upstairs banquet room at the Freight House District restaurant.

The family show is a follow-up to “The Accidental Waiter,” a physical-theater piece conceived by Alex Espy and Matt Weiss that was performed twice earlier this year at Lidia’s. In the show, a hobo clown steps off a train and wanders into the restaurant, hoping to score a free meal. The piece was later expanded and restaged with Damian Blake, a skilled Charlie Chaplin impersonator, as the hobo.

In the new show, a traveling family is stranded on Christmas Eve, circa 1924, and finds its way to the restaurant, which has been closed for renovations. There our frantic Chaplinesque hero does all he can to create a memorable Christmas morning for the travelers.

Joining Blake are Annie Cherry, Coleman Crenshaw, Megan Secrest and, returning as the restaurant manager, Alan Tilson.

Performances are scheduled at 7 p.m. Sunday and Monday and at 2:30 p.m. Dec. 3, 10 and 11.

Tickets cost $20. For reservations, call Lidia’s, 101 E. 22nd St., at 816-221-3722.

Read more: http://www.kansascity.com/2011/11/23/3273904/theater-returns-to-lidias.html#ixzz1eYARZMIV

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