John Lithgow's Stories By Heart: Classic Fiction at the Mark Taper Forum
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Moisés Kaufman (33 Variations, The Laramie Project) directs Obie Award-winning writer-performer Daniel Beaty in this solo show spotlighting the life and work of legendary singer, actor and activist Paul Robeson. It's the amazing true story of the Columbia Law School graduate and early NFL player, who gained notoriety in London by starring in Show Boat and Othello, and recording deep-voiced renditions of spirituals, like his famed "Ol' Man River." But he was also known as an outspoken civil-rights and social-justice activist who became a target of the McCarthy hearings. Buoyed by a live musical combo, The Tallest Tree in the Forest mixes poetic storytelling with 14 songs, including "Happy Days Are Here Again," and finds Beaty portraying more than 20 characters, with "signature wit, grit and piercing lyricism" (The New York Times). Learn More
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Featured review from Deb B.Red Velvet
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It is ironic that Lithgow says he added the second story because of feedback that people wanted more after the first story - but I agree with most of the reviews that the second story felt long, the laughter was maniacal and the people didn't want more of that... Loved the autobiographical stuff and second story should be shorter and a different pick.
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“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
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.