Sedaris Does Santa

Ah, the seasonal job. Plenty of us have rung up orders, chucked boxes, or scanned, scanned, scanned the days away during the holiday season. David Sedaris, however, had the king job of all — working as an elf at Macy's. Not only did it give him enough cash to stay alive in New York City for a time, but also it offered the writer great fodder, which he turned into his popular Santaland Diaries. Miami doesn't get Sedaris this holiday season, but we do have a one-man stage version of the show. It's a largely delightful evening, led by a terrific performance from Carbonell Award winner Michael McKeever, who plays Sedaris and his Macy's alter ego, Crumpet the elf. The show takes us through Crumpet's journey, from the arduous application process to a full week of elf training to, finally, the seemingly endless weeks of toil in the forced fun of Santa's wonderland. It would be pretty easy to be utterly cynical about the entire journey, but Sedaris (and Joe Mantello, who wrote the stage adaptation) provides a real mix of emotions — from wry humor to utter disgust to genuine wonderment — through the 70-minute piece.
Wednesdays-Sundays, 7:30 p.m. Starts: Dec. 8. Continues through Dec. 23, 2011

 
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