Something tells me that the venerable Roundabout Theatre Company had a hole in its calendar — how else to explain the placement of the well-intentioned but ill-proportioned one-man show “John Lithgow: Stories by Heart” at the American Airlines Theatre on Broadway?

The wonderful Emmy-winning actor has been touring versions of the show — sometimes one act, sometimes two — for about a decade now. And he’s gotten it to a good-as-it’s-gonna-get place. But this modest celebration of the joys of storytelling, which opened Thursday, is at its heart a chamber piece that feels woefully out of place in a Broadway theater.

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