Santaland Diaries

November 15 – 17

From the mind of American humorist, author, and NPR heavy-hitter David Sedaris and adapted by Joe Mantello comes Santaland Diaries, a sardonic, hilarious, subversive, and surprisingly poignant tale of Holiday spirit, or lack thereof.

Adapted from David Sedaris’ 1992 essay, Santaland Diaries is a brilliant and hilarious one-man evocation of a slacking Macy’s elf at the height of the Christmas season based on Sedaris’ own experiences. Out of work, our slacker decides to become a Macy’s elf during the holiday crunch. At first the job is simply humiliating, but once the thousands of visitors start pouring through Santa’s workshop, he becomes battle-weary and bitter. Finding consolation in the fact that some of the other elves were television extras on One Life to Live, he grins and bears it, occasionally taking out his frustrations on the children and parents alike.

The New Yorker says Santaland Diaries holds “a satirical brazenness that holds up next to Twain and Nathanael West,” and the Seattle Weekly hails it as “…quite possibly the thirty-one funniest pages of text published in the past quarter century.”

Santaland Diaries is directed by the Mad Men of Oopsy Daisy Inc. (Avenue Q, Mad Haus) as part of our limited Red Light Mainstage series, and stars Joshua Lapierre, himself a one-time Macy’s elf.

Santaland Diaries is a can’t-miss show for those of us who need a little help getting in the Christmas spirit, but is definitely not for children. Shows go up at our historic downtown theater at 125 Bow Street in Portsmouth from November 15-17: Thursday at 7:30pm, Friday at 8pm, and Saturday at 8pm. Come have a drink at our full bar before the show.

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