The Santaland Diaries
11/23/2012 – 12/8/2012 - Circle Theatre
By David Sedaris adapted for the stage by Joe Mantello
David Sedaris, hilarious and probably true account of his stint working as a Christmas elf at Macy's department store during the holiday crunch. At first the job is simply humiliating, but the thousands of visitors pouring through Santa’s workshop make him battle weary and bitter. Taking consolation in the fact that some of the other elves were television extras on One Life to Live, he grins and bears it. At long last, the revolving door of Santas finally delivers one who actually seems to care about and love the children who come to see him, startling our hero into an uncharacteristic moment of goodwill just before his employment runs out. Santaland is paired with Season’s Greetings. Another funny, touching – and twisted – monologue from David Sedaris about the horror of seasonal newsletters. Sedaris’ tales are tart and pleasant alternatives to all the holiday cheer.