By Carey Purcell
02 Nov 2013
Lithgow performs at the ECC Arts Center Nov. 2 at 7:30 PM and at the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts in Skokie Nov. 3 at 2 PM.
Last seen on Broadway in a Tony-nominated performance in The Columnist, the Tony and Emmy winner's stage credits also include All My Sons, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Sweet Smell of Success, The Front Page and Beyond Therapy.
Lithgow's film work includes "The World According to Garp," "Terms of Endearment" and "Shrek," and his TV credits include "Third Rock From the Sun," "Dexter" and "How I Met Your Mother."
"In the first story, a fretful young Englishman is taken on a wild afternoon’s escapade in suburban London by his irrepressible uncle. In a hilarious tour de force, Lithgow performs with zany abandon, portraying ten distinct, outrageous characters (including a parrot)," press notes state. "By contrast, 'Haircut' is a darkly comic look at Midwestern American implacability. It is a captivating yarn told by a gossipy barber in small-town Michigan as he gives a shave and a haircut to a stranger in town. Stories By Heart provides ample evidence of the power of storytelling, the magic of theatre, and the talents of one of our greatest living actors."
The show was first produced at Lincoln Center in New York in 2008, and it was widely admired as a poignant tribute to Lithgow's parents and grandmother.