ARTS Pick: The Santaland Diaries

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The Santaland Diaries, starring Jake Mahler as Crumpet, exposes the dark comedy side of holiday cheer as told by a Macy’s department store elf. Image: Michael Bailey The Santaland Diaries, starring Jake Mahler as Crumpet, exposes the dark comedy side of holiday cheer as told by a Macy’s department store elf. Image: Michael Bailey

Holiday hallmark

The Santaland Diaries is based on National Public Radio funnyman David Sedaris’ story of the same name. The comedic, one-act play recounts the experiences of a struggling writer, working as an elf in a Macy’s Santaland. The touching-by-way-of-sardonic tale (a Sedaris hallmark) inspects the holiday season—down to every last scrap of tinsel—from a peculiar inside perspective, and holds a hilarious light to the best, and the worst, inside us all.

Through 12/16 $12, 7:30pm. Blackfriars Playhouse, 10 S. Market St., Staunton. (540)-885-5588.

 

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