A skinny man wearing a jester’s mask over his eyes and forehead walks onto an empty stage. The stage is dark, heavy with shadows and made all the more mysterious because the viewer cannot determine where he is looking. The unidentified man wears navy blue track pants and a dark red sweater that reads “TALENT” in capital letters across his chest. His voice echoes against the silence ““ he doesn’t speak English.
“Where is the audience?” the subtitles read.
On Wednesday, the Mark Taper Forum downtown dimmed its lights to welcome a nearly full house to the L.A. opening of “Stories by Heart,” which continues through Feb. 13. John Lithgow’s impressive one-man performance, which pays tribute to favorite short stories from Lithgow’s childhood and the parents who first introduced them to him, is a celebration of storytelling, acting and family.
These days, famous lines such as “let them eat cake” have made cultural icons out of historical figures like Marie Antoinette ““ despite the fact that they are historically false.
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