What’s worse than resorting to seasonal work as a holiday elf at Macy’s?
“… the very real possibility that I won’t get hired.”
So begins the one-man show, The Santaland Diaries, an adaptation of the offbeat, unrepentant, and, yes, snarky tale of David Sedaris‘ season as one of Santa’s helper elves.
If you’re not familiar with Sedaris, he’s a master of observing his surroundings and interactions. It’s his outrageous take on both the oddities and the regular happenings of life that make his writing so freaking funny.
Joe Brack plays Sedaris as a Macy’s elf. He does an excellent job of channeling Sedaris’ humor (if this stuff is funny written, imagine it animated with expressions and voices), while still making the story his own little piece of Christmas hell.
While The Santaland Diaries is practically a holiday tradition — Director Matty Griffths and Brack have collaborated on the production for three out of the last four years — I’d encourage you to see it this year. Santaland’s got what you really need: a good laugh.
The Santaland Diaries runs at Fort Fringe, 607 New York Avenue NW, through December 24. Go to City Artistic Partnerships for show times and tickets.