Venue Details

696 Star Starred
Mark Taper Forum
135 North Grand Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90012
213-628-2772
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Richard
Take the Red Line to the Civic Center Station & walk one block to the theater
What the Butler Saw travel Nov 20 2014 star this tip starred
KitzE
We enjoyed a good and reasonably priced cocktail at the music center venue.
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Reviews & Ratings

86 ratings
4.4 average rating
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Kel
35 events
18 reviews
0 stars
attended Jan 11 2011

John Lithgow is a MASTER! Truly - this is a 2-hour master class in story-telling - a MUST see!

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17 events
8 reviews
1 stars
attended Jan 15 2011

John L. is a superb actor. However, the stories that he chose simply did not move me. The first story was impossible to understand with all of the heavy accents. The maniacal laugh of the barber in the second act was ridiculous. I would have...continued

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9 reviews
18 stars
attended Jan 16 2011

The show was fantastic. John Lithgow is everything that you remember and want him to be. We took our 12 year old and he loved it. He is a bit of a bookworm so it may not be for all pre-teens. As for the Mark Taper Forum, it's a small venue so...continued

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Website

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Quotes & Highlights

“A tour de force that doubles as a primer on  acting….” —The New York Times
“I just charge three dollars because personally I don’t mind much shavin’ a dead person. They lay a whole lot stiller than live customers.” —Haircut by Ring Lardner

Description

Armed with only an armchair and some yellowed pages, Tony Award winner John Lithgow  tells you not the story of his life, but the stories of his life. Indelible stories spun by the likes of P.G. Wodehouse and Ring Lardner.  Stories lovingly — and expertly — dramatized by his parents and grandmother, handed  down from generation to generation. In Lithgow’s adroit hands, each story is its own theatrical masterpiece  brimming with peculiar characters, humor, plot twists and —most of all Lithgow’s inimitable charm, stagecraft and genuine affection for the tales and the  storytellers who introduced them to him some 60 years ago.