The Santaland Diaries | Performing Arts Review | Chicago Reader

Arts & Culture » Performing Arts Review

The Santaland Diaries


Sign up for our newsletters Subscribe


Lance Baker returns after an absence of three years to play the role that put him on the map in Chicago: delivering David Sedaris's bitter, witty holiday memoir about working as a Macy's elf in New York. Baker remains remarkably fresh in a monologue he's performed on and off since the late 90s, and he does well at re-creating the two sides of Sedaris's comic pose: sweet innocence and a hip world-weariness. But some of the script's pop-culture references are beginning to show their age, in particular a sequence making fun of the once ubiquitous Phil Collins. --Jack Helbig a Through 12/30: Thu 7:30 PM, Fri-Sat 7:30 and 9:30 PM, Sun 3 and 7 PM, Theatre Building Chicago, 1225 W. Belmont, 773-327-5252, $20-$24.

Support Independent Chicago Journalism: Join the Reader Revolution

We speak Chicago to Chicagoans, but we couldn’t do it without your help. Every dollar you give helps us continue to explore and report on the diverse happenings of our city. Our reporters scour Chicago in search of what’s new, what’s now, and what’s next. Stay connected to our city’s pulse by joining the Reader Revolution.

Are you in?

  Reader Revolutionary $35/month →  
  Rabble Rouser $25/month →  
  Reader Radical $15/month →  
  Reader Rebel  $5/month  → 

Not ready to commit? Send us what you can!

 One-time donation  → 

Add a comment