John Lithgow Tells Stories

Film, television, stage plays, musicals and Shakespeare, from goofy Dick Solomon in 3rd Rock From the Sun to the terrifying Trinity Killer in Dexter: John Lithgow does it all, and with infectious energy and exuberance. Now he's performing his one-man show, Stories by Heart, in conjunction with the debut of LOCAL, a new Boulder theater company formed by his niece, Pesha Rudnick, and intended to present both original scripts and classics using a mix of local and national talent.

Stories by Heart, which received strong reviews in New York, Los Angeles and London, is anchored by two very different short stories: P.G. Wodehouse's comic and light-as-air "Uncle Fred Flits By" in which, among other characters, Lithgow plays a parrot and the much darker "Haircut," by Ring Lardner. These are pieces that Lithgow's theater-producer father read to him when he was a child; he, in turn, read them to the old man after he'd undergone a serious operation as a means of reviving his joy in living.

The show is "a kind of rumination on storytelling," Lithgow says, "and on why we all want, need and love stories." It's fitting, then, that the venue is Boulder's historic Chautauqua Auditorium, at 900 Baseline Road, one of the last structures remaining from a nineteenth-century movement intended to bring art and entertainment to the entire country. The show is at 7 p.m., and tickets run $38.50 to $81.50. For more information, go to www.chautauqua.com or www.localtheatercompany.org.
Sun., Aug. 28, 7 p.m., 2011

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Juliet Wittman is an investigative reporter and critic with a passion for theater, literature, social justice and food. She has reviewed theater for Westword for over a decade; for many years, she also reviewed memoirs for the Washington Post. She has won several journalism awards and published essays and short stories in literary magazines. Her novel, Stocker's Kitchen, can be obtained at select local bookstores and on Amazon.
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