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John Lithgow's latest stage isn't a stage at all: How theater is moving to your phone and car

Shhhhh. John Lithgow is performing his solo show, "Stories by Heart." The five audience members are riveted. Don't speak, don't fidget and, for God's sake, don't look at your phone. The actor appreciates your attention. He needs it. He is accustomed to performing this show for hundreds of people after a recently wrapped Broadway run.

The small Burbank recording studio he finds himself in is quite different. On this particular afternoon he's acting for the audiobook and podcast company Audible, which has recently made calculated strides into the theater space by recording one-person productions.

Tall, with posture that makes him appear even taller, Lithgow cuts a familiar and somewhat formidable form sitting on a swivel chair in front of a wooden lectern with an open

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