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November 30, 2009

The SantaLand Diaries @ The Adrienne Theatre

Photo courtesy the Adrienne Theatre

Photo courtesy the Adrienne Theatre

“I wear green velvet knickers, a forest green velvet smock, and a perky little hat decorated with spangles. This is my work uniform.”

The elf outfit is just the start of David Sedaris’ deadpan tales of an overworked, under-appreciated Macy’s elf in SantaLand. Perhaps the best story to come out of David Sedaris’ book Holidays on Ice, Flashpoint Theater brings The SantaLand Diaries, adapted by Joe Mantello in 1996, back to Philadelphia this Christmas Season with Derick Loafmann reprising his role as Crumpet the Elf and Meghann Williams back at the helm directing.

Sedaris tells the story of his own experiences being Crumpet, a part-time Macy’s SantaLand Elf whose holiday sneer and jeer can’t help but take over the Christmas cheer. But who can blame him when a certain Santa (aptly nicknamed “Santa-Santa”) makes him sing carols and run all sorts of Elf Errands while he handles two-hour lines of grumpy customers and snotty children just waiting for their chance to unload their Christmas demands onto Santa. The show’s witty take on true meaning of Christmas is a wonderfully sarcastic balance to the over-the-top holiday joy the departments send our way.

Take a break from all the holiday merriment and spend a night with the saddest little elf you ever did see. Crumpet’s misery is sure to make even the Grinchiest of Scrooges to smile and laugh. And for those who enjoy a little more class participation with their theater, a special showing on December 5th at 10:30 will include bags of props and instructions, Rocky Horror Picture Show style.

The show starts Thursday, December 3rd and runs though Sunday, December 20th. Tickets range from $12-$18. Call 215-665-9720 or buy online.

The SantaLand Diaries at The Adrienne
December 3-20, 2009

Second Stage at the Adrienne
2030 Sansom Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103

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