ARTS Pick: The Santaland Diaries

The Santaland Diaries (starring Andrew Goldwasser) relates author David Sedaris’ scathingly funny holiday seasonal employee memories.
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“I am a 33-year-old man applying for a job as an elf,” wrote David Sedaris at the outset of his career. Like most great writers, Sedaris has worked a variety of menial, often humiliating, jobs to support his literary career, and the humorist’s turn as an elf at Macy’s in New York City may be the funniest. The Santaland Diaries is a one act, one-man show featuring Crumpet, Sedaris’ sour elf persona, recalling hilarious tales about the psychosis of gift givers, gift receivers, and parents who force screaming children to sit on a strange man’s lap.

Through 12/26. $12-26, times vary. Blackfriars Playhouse, 10 S. Market St., Staunton. (540) 851-1733.