The Santaland Diaries | Stage 773 | Theater & Performance, Holiday Shows | Chicago Reader

The Santaland Diaries Closing (Theater and Galleries) The Short List (Theater)

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Jan. 2 2010

David Sedaris's comic memoir about his stint at Macy's playing one of Santa's elves has lost a lot of its bite since he first read it on NPR in 1992. The snide commentary on Christmastime binge shoppers seems almost quaint in these recession-strapped times, and the mockery of pushy parents, clueless kids, obnoxious store managers, and eccentric Santa impersonators comes across as the verbal equivalent of shooting fish in a barrel. But in this Theater Wit mounting of Joe Mantello's 1996 stage adaptation, Mitchell Fain's offhanded, seemingly improvised delivery and interaction with the audience give the script a much-needed freshness. Recalling Joan Rivers with his raspy voice and bitchy dishiness, Fain makes the show his own, transforming the monologue into a stand-up act. --Albert Williams

Price: $24


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