John Lithgow: Stories by Heart
John Lithgow: Stories by Heart

John Lithgow: Stories by Heart NYC Reviews and Tickets

(270 Ratings)
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Great acting, Slow, Disappointing, Entertaining, Indulgent

About the Show

Roundabout Theatre Company presents the Broadway debut of Tony and Emmy Award winner John Lithgow's solo piece, an exploration of storytelling full of personal insights.

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Show-Score Member Reviews (270)

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142 Reviews | 20 Followers
Delightful, Great acting, Masterful, Resonant

See it if you enjoy a masterful One-Man show. Lithgow weaves storytelling, nostalgia, smiles, surprises, imagination & emotion. Truly mesmerizing.

Don't see it if No set or costumes here...just one American theatre, TV, & film treasure taking us on a journey with his voice, characters, & kindness

167 Reviews | 56 Followers
Great acting, Enchanting, Entertaining, Clever, Delightful

See it if You enjoy excellent poignant storytelling in an absorbing, engaging one man show. Highly recommend.

Don't see it if Don't like one man shows.

122 Reviews | 13 Followers
Absorbing, Entertaining, Intelligent, Funny, Relevant

See it if you love John Lithgow's work, love stories, both written and spoken, and one-man shows.

Don't see it if you hate one-person shows with personal insights and recollections.

290 Reviews | 92 Followers
Delightful, Funny, Great acting, Masterful, Must see

See it if You are a Lithgow fan and even if you're not. I'm thrilled at having been able to see him Last time was at the New Victory many years ago.

Don't see it if If you don't enjoy on solo shows. But this one is worth it. John has such heart and one of the best storytellers around!

239 Reviews | 46 Followers
Absorbing, Delightful, Entertaining, Great acting, Funny

See it if You like to hear great story telling from a great actor.

Don't see it if You don’t like one man shows.

255 Reviews | 116 Followers
Absorbing, Delightful, Great acting, Profound, Resonant

See it if you love John Lithgow, or story-telling, acted out in each character's own voice and persona. For caregivers, TOTAL winner that zings.

Don't see it if you don't like one-man shows, can't stand humorous story-telling, or get upset by the thought that your parents, too, will one day pass on.

87 Reviews | 20 Followers
Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Intelligent, Riveting

See it if you enjoy great storytelling by a master.

Don't see it if a one man show is unappealing.

166 Reviews | 39 Followers
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Must see

See it if you want to see J. Lithgow, an actor's actor , give an amazing performance. His performance is worth the ticket price.

Don't see it if you are looking for a traditional drama or if you don't care for a one-man show. Read more

Critic Reviews (52)

The New York Times
January 11th, 2018

"To begin with, give Mr. Lithgow a sound effects award. And then give him one for spiritual effects, because 'Stories by Heart' is delightful: illuminating the stories, uplifting us...Though golden enough for any nostalgist, 'Stories by Heart' is neither soporific nor cute. For starters, the two stories that Mr. Lithgow recites are superb, outlandish and, in very different ways, hair-raising."
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Time Out New York
January 11th, 2018

"It is hard to imagine who, aside from John Lithgow, could fashion a Broadway show from a pair of bedtime stories and not make everyone fall asleep. Yet there the actor is in 'Stories by Heart'...with nothing to keep us on the hook but his masterly cultivation, confidence, and warmth...It is a pleasant way to stay put on a winter’s night...Likable though the stories themselves may be, the heart of this show is in their telling."
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New York Theatre Guide
January 16th, 2018

“An homage to his father and mother, to writing, and to storytelling itself...On this large stage a bit of nuance couldn’t hurt. I don’t know how much Sullivan was able to offer in the way of direction, but it seems as though he was outnumbered...Lithgow does his share of indicating rather than experiencing...In spite of the meandering performance in ‘Stories’, Lithgow himself is completely engaging."
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New York Magazine / Vulture
January 11th, 2018

"There’s a healthy helping of nostalgia in there, but 'Stories by Heart' is full of smart, good-natured charm. It’s like listening to the reminiscences of a favorite uncle...The stories themselves are, excitingly, not what you might expect...Lithgow has picked material that undeniably showcases his virtuosity. His accents are impeccable, his impressions side-splittingly absurd, and his physicality both playful and precise...Pure entertainment of the most ancient and appealing kind."
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The Wall Street Journal
January 11th, 2018

"John Lithgow reads two of his favorite short stories out loud and tells us how he came to know them. That’s all there is to 'Stories by Heart,' and it’s more than enough. Rarely have I spent so entertaining a night at the theater—or witnessed so touching a tribute to a departed parent...I rather wish that Daniel Sullivan, the director, had suggested that he tone down the comic effects a notch or three. On the other hand, Mr. Lithgow is so naturally funny that he gets his laughs anyway."
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January 11th, 2018

"Daniel Sullivan directed this long-developing show, and it’s fleet. But Lithgow isn’t well served by the design...As someone who loves the short story form, I know one reader’s Wodehouse is another’s I.L. Peretz, one reader’s Cheever is another’s Pynchon. Lithgow is deeply impressive in sharing two wildly different examples. I wasn’t sold on the first, but he had me at Pongo."
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New York Daily News
January 11th, 2018

"Most noteworthy is this Tony- and Emmy-winner’s easygoing charm, along with his talent for creating distinct voices and visages for characters...Lithgow’s show is personal and has heart. But it also has a weak pulse. Long story short: The two-hour piece, directed for the Roundabout by Daniel Sullivan, makes for a slim evening...The show was at its best between the works of fiction, when Lithgow revealed his own true heart and why stories became family treasures."
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January 11th, 2018

"Lithgow is the most personable of performers...The two stories are charming examples of the ones that his dramatically disposed father recited to his audience of spellbound children...'Haircut' is a deceptively folksy yarn...'Uncle Fred Flits By' is a typically droll Wodehouse story...It’s not a typical Broadway audience’s cup of tea. But it takes on richer meaning when Lithgow tells us that it was his father’s favorite story, and the one he read to his parents when they were old and ill."
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