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John Lithgow: Stories by heart 

Goofy and gangly tend to make a winning entertainment combination. Back in the day, America found this to be true with greats like Danny Kaye. Today, one actor who embodies both these qualities particularly well is John Lithgow. We know him from roles like Dr. Dick Solomon in "3rd Rock from the Sun" and Lord Farquaad in "Shrek," but in "Stories by Heart," Lithgow gives insight into his own life, allowing his characteristically kooky personality to shine through. Lithgow will perform his one-man theatrical memoir at the Auditorium Theatre (885 E. Main St.) on Thursday, September 20, at 7:30 p.m. for one night only.

Over the course of the evening, Lithgow will adopt 10 different roles while weaving in and out of his own life story, and two stories read to him as a child. "Uncle Fred Flits By" by P.G. Wodehouse tells the account of an Englishman dragged on a chaotic adventure through London by his uncle. Contrastingly, "Haircut" by Ring Lardner depicts a scene of a gossipy barber in Michigan giving a shave and haircut to an out-of-town walk-in, displaying a darker comedic view of Midwest America. With Lithgow portraying a parrot at one point in the evening, the show is sure to flaunt the actor's absurd versatility.

Ticket prices range from $37.50 to $57.50. For more information, call 222-5000, email info@rbtl.org, or visit rbtl.org. — BY LILLIAN DICKERSON

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