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The Santaland Diaries Closing (Theater and Galleries) Member Picks Recommended The Short List (Theater)

When: Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Dec. 28 2014

Reviewing the 2013 edition, Reader contributor Dan Jakes wrote, "Best-selling essayist and This American Life darling David Sedaris first performed this monologue, recounting his experiences as a Macy's Christmas elf, in 1992. It's said that, loathing subsequent productions, he's been careful to be out of the country every holiday season since. No problem. Wry comic Mitchell Fain makes the material very much his own in Theater Wit's production directed by Jeremy Wechsler. White wine in hand, Fain's temp elf complains about his stagnating career, comments on the bizarre backstage ecosystem of the department store Santa industry, and, flexing his ad-lib muscles, shoots the shit with the audience. A few too many punch lines get steamrolled by shouted delivery, but when Fain relaxes, his holiday storytelling is as guilty and cathartic as a hot Christmas Eve toddy."

Price: $24-$36

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