BWW Review: THE SANTALAND DIARIES Is an Adult Christmas Treat
by Frank Benge - Nov 30, 2015

David Sedaris wrote 'SantaLand Diaries', an essay that is a humorous account of Sedaris' stint working as a Christmas elf in 'SantaLand' at Macy's department store. Sedaris first read the essay on NPR's Morning Edition on December 23, 1992. Well-received, it became Sedaris' first major break. In 1996, Joe Mantello adapted Sedaris' essay for the stage as a one-man, one-act play, which debuted (as The Santaland Diaries) at the Atlantic Theater Company in New York on November 7, 1996. Mantello's adaptation has since become a seasonal staple of regional, college and high-school theatre. (more...)

Music Theatre of Connecticut MainStage to Present THE SANTALAND DIARIES, 12/11-20
by BWW News Desk - Nov 30, 2015

Music Theatre of Connecticut MainStage, Fairfield County's award-winning professional theatre company, continues its 2015/2016 season with David Sedaris' 'The Santaland Diaries.' Performances are December 11-20, Fridays at 8pm, Saturdays at 4pm and 8pm, Sundays at 2pm, at Music Theatre of Connecticut, 509 Westport Avenue (behind Nine West) in Norwalk, CT. Tickets range from $35-$55 and are available by calling 203.454.3883 or visiting www.musictheatreofct.com (more...)

Arizona Theatre Company to Present THE SANTALAND DIARIES & A CHRISTMAS CAROL
by BWW News Desk - Nov 23, 2015

Two of the Valley's favorite and most-celebrated actors will bring their special gifts to the holiday season in limited engagement one-person performances of Charles Dickens' beloved holiday classic, A Christmas Carol, and David Sedaris' hilarious anti-holiday tale, The Santaland Diaries. Produced by Arizona Theatre Company in association with the Herberger Theatre Center, both shows will play in an intimate custom-built 250-seat stage-within-a-stage located in the grandly theatrical setting of Center Stage in downtown Phoenix. (more...)

THE SANTALAND DIARIES to Play the Eureka Theatre This December
by BWW News Desk - Nov 20, 2015

This year we celebrate the 14th anniversary of everyone's favorite mall elf, Crumpet, in The Santaland Diaries by David Sedaris and adapted to the stage by Joe Mantello. See the show that has become an 'anti-holiday tradition' for San Francisco's audiences and escape the craziness of the holidays with Combined Artform at the Eureka Theatre. (more...)

BWW Reviews: The Fulton Goes Over the Top for Christmas with ELF
by Marakay Rogers - Nov 20, 2015

Director and choreographer Marc Robin turns the Christmas musical into an over the top extravaganza with tap, tap, and more tap routines. It's a whole new world of Christmas happiness. (more...)

The Human Race Theatre Company to Present THE SANTALAND DIARIES, 12/10-19
by BWW News Desk - Nov 19, 2015

The Human Race Theatre Company shares its brand of off-kilter holiday cheer with one of today's most popular-and most outlandish-Christmastime stage plays. Meet the quintessential elf-gone-bad as he relives a series of less-than-merry misadventures in David Sedaris' hysterical antidote for holiday havoc, The Santaland Diaries. Spend some time with the irreverent Crumpet-one of Santa's little helpers during the Macy's Christmas shopping rush-as he handles the hordes of insufferable shoppers and their kiddies with whacked out, wicked wit. This one-man, one-act production on The Loft Theatre stage features the talents of two Human Race Resident Artists in its star, Tim Lile, and director, Scott Stoney. The preview performance of The Santaland Diaries is Thursday, December 10. Opening night is Friday, December 11. The 10-performance production runs through December 19 and is not recommended for children. (more...)

Syracuse Stage's THE SANTALAND DIARIES Begins 12/9
by BWW News Desk - Nov 19, 2015

Back by popular demand: David Sedaris' perfect antidote to holiday madness. For those who like a little jeer with their Christmas cheer, The Santaland Diaries offers Crumpet, a 33-year-old starving artist turned Macy's elf. It's the most wonderful time of the year, but who would know it from the bad Santas, naughty elves, cranky kids, and pushy parents who test Crumpet's last elfin nerve. With sardonic wit, Sedaris takes us all playfully to task for plunging into the Christmas spirit while missing the point. This is for mature elves only. (more...)

THE SANTALAND DIARIES Returning to Playhouse Square
by BWW News Desk - Nov 17, 2015

Cleveland Public Theatre's Executive Artistic Director, Raymond Bobgan, announces the return of a holiday favorite, The Santaland Diaries by David Sedaris, adapted by Joe Mantello, produced by the Cleveland Theatre and presented at the Outcalt Theatre at Playhouse Square this holiday season. (more...)

Road Less Traveled Productions to Stage THE SANTALAND DIARIES This Holiday Season
by BWW News Desk - Nov 16, 2015

Road Less Traveled Productions (RLTP) announces its second annual holiday offer as part of its 2015-2016 season, David Sedaris & Joe Mantello's The Santaland Diaries. RLTP's production of this hilariously irreverent one-man show features Kevin Kennedy in the role of David Sedaris under the direction of Doug Weyand. (more...)

Horizon Theatre to Stage THE SANTALAND DIARIES, 11/20-12/31
by BWW News Desk - Nov 16, 2015

Returning for its 17th anniversary production, Horizon Theatre Company turns "ho ho ho" into "ha ha ha" as it reprises its popular production of The Santaland Diaries by award-winning satirist David Sedaris, November 20-December 31. The perfect laughter-spiked antidote to the holiday blues, Creative Loafing calls this non-traditional, adult-only, Christmas comedy "a fiendishly exhilarating, politically incorrect send-up of the holidays." (more...)

A Portable Theatre's EVERY CHRISTMAS STORY EVER TOLD (AND THEN SOME!) Sets Dates
by BWW News Desk - Nov 13, 2015

Humor rather than sentiment is the aim of A Portable Theatre's special family-friendly holiday show this December.   (more...)

Holy High Holidays Batman! Theater Wit's BAD JEWS Extends Again at the Royal George
by BWW News Desk - Nov 12, 2015

Holy High Holidays Batman! Theater Wit's smash hit BAD JEWS has been extended a record eighth time, and will now run through both the Hanukkah and Christmas seasons at Chicago's Royal George Theatre. (more...)

Syracuse Stage to Start Holiday Season with High-Flying Musical PETER PAN
by BWW News Desk - Nov 12, 2015

Journey to Neverland in the high-flying family musical PETER PAN this holiday season at Syracuse Stage. (more...)

Brian Sills to Star in KC Rep's THE SANTALAND DIARIES This December
by BWW News Desk - Nov 11, 2015

Kansas City Repertory Theatre continues its 2015-16 season  with the return of David Sedaris' The Santaland Diaries, directed by Kansas City Repertory Theatre Artistic Director Eric Rosen and starring Brian Sills as Crumpet the Elf. (more...)

Syracuse Stage Starts Off Holiday Season with PETER PAN
by BWW News Desk - Nov 10, 2015

Journey to Neverland in the high-flying family musical Peter Pan this holiday season at Syracuse Stage. 'All children, except one, grow up." (more...)

MTC MainStage to Present THE SANTALAND DIARIES This December in Norwalk
by BWW News Desk - Nov 10, 2015

MTC MainStage presents David Sedaris' The Santaland Diaries in Norwalk, adapted by Joe Mantello. (more...)

The Castle Craig Players to Stage THE SANTALAND DIARIES This December
by BWW News Desk - Nov 10, 2015

Forget visions of sugarplums and carols sung fireside! The Castle Craig Players have an alternative way to keep things jolly this holiday season -- irreverent comedy, with the hilarious play The Santaland Diaries. This sardonic "one-elf show" by award-winning American humorist David Sedaris, will run for four performances only -- December 10-13 -- on the group's intimate Meriden stage. (more...)

RIPCORD, FULL CODE Premiere and More Slated for BETC's 11th Season
by BWW News Desk - May 6, 2016

Boulder Ensemble Theatre Company (BETC) is delighted to announce the lineup for the 2016-17 season, their 11th. (more...)

Capital Stage to Wrap 2015-16 Season with THE TOTALITARIANS
by BWW News Desk - May 24, 2016

Capital Stage completes its 2015/16 Season with the Sacramento Premiere of The Totalitarians by Peter Sinn Nachtrieb, directed by Capital Stage Co-Founder Peter Mohrmann. This 'Riotous political comedy' - Bay Area Reporter, takes the audience on the campaign trail with retired roller derby star turned candidate for Lt. Governor, Penelope Easter! A dark political satire that promises to be the perfect tonic for this election year's headaches, The Totalitarians will run from June 22 through July 24, 2016 with a Press Opening on Saturday, June 25 at 8pm. (more...)

The Human Race Theatre Company to Stage MASTER CLASS, 6/9-26
by BWW News Desk - May 20, 2016

? The Human Race rounds out its 2015-2016 season with the 1996 Tony Award winner for Best Play, Master Class. One of the opera world's greatest legends takes center stage as Maria Callas gives three aspiring singers a rough introduction to the reality of performing. During a voice master class at the Julliard School, this controversial personality-now in the twilight of her career-remains fearless as she looks back upon her life-the triumphs and heartbreaks, the egos and ambitions, the glories and the scandals. This biographic drama presents a revealing look at a commanding diva and the sacrifice for art. (more...)

Alley Theatre to Present BORN YESTERDAY in June
by BWW News Desk - May 16, 2016

Alley Theatre Artistic Director Gregory Boyd announces the cast and creative team for Garson Kanin's Born Yesterday, a delicious screwball classic, beginning performances June 3. Featuring Alley Company Members and directed by Jonathan Moscone, the play is the grand finale of the inaugural season in the newly renovated Hubbard Theatre. (more...)

Cleveland Public Theatre Announces 2016-2017 Season
by BWW News Desk - May 14, 2016

Cleveland Public Theatre (CPT)'s Executive Artistic Director Raymond Bobgan announces the 2016-2017 season, which delivers on CPT's mission of raising consciousness and nurturing compassion through theatre that is daring, relevant and socially-conscious. (more...)

SWEENEY TODD & More Set for Human Race Theatre's 30th Anniversary Season
by BWW News Desk - Mar 29, 2016

The Human Race Theatre Company is preparing to celebrate its 30th anniversary as Dayton's premier professional regional theatre company by unveiling an updated company logo and announcing its 2016-2017 season of shows at its home, the Loft Theatre in downtown Dayton. The season, with two musicals and four plays, begins September 8, 2016. (more...)

Atlantic Theater Extends Kenneth Lonergan's HOLD ON TO ME DARLING, Starring Timothy Olyphant
by BWW News Desk - Mar 17, 2016

Atlantic Theater Company has announced that the world premiere production of Academy Award nominee and Pulitzer Prize finalist Kenneth Lonergan's play Hold On To Me Darling, directed by Neil Pepe, has been extended an additional two weeks due to high ticket demand following opening to critical acclaim. (more...)

Timothy Olyphant Stars in HOLD ON TO ME DARLING, Opening Tonight at Atlantic Theater
by BWW News Desk - Mar 14, 2016

Atlantic Theater Company presents the world premiere of Academy Award nominee and Pulitzer Prize finalist Kenneth Lonergan's latest play HOLD ON TO ME DARLING, directed by Atlantic Artistic Director Neil Pepe. (more...)

HAND TO GOD Set for First U.S. Production Outside NYC in Indianapolis
by BWW News Desk - Mar 1, 2016

Phoenix Theatre of Indianapolis announces the Regional Premiere of HAND TO GOD opening June 16, 2016 on the Livia and Steve Russell Stage. This production runs through July 17, with Mark Routhier serving as director. Phoenix Theatre will produce the first U.S. production outside New York. (more...)

BWW Previews: DETAILS FOR THE 15TH ANNUAL OUT OF THE LOOP FRINGE FESTIVAL ANNOUNCED!
by Kyle Christopher West - Jan 6, 2016

WaterTower Theatre Producing Artistic Director and Loop Executive Producer Terry Martin today announced the line-up for the 2016 Out of the Loop Fringe Festival, February 25 - March 6, 2016, at the Addison Theatre Centre. Six world premieres highlight this year's diverse Festival as well as 2 one-woman cabarets, 4 dance works, 1 circus act, 3 solo shows, 1 musical reading, 2 play readings, 9 theatre productions, 1 interdisciplinary piece, 1 spoken word performance, a 24-hour play festival, and many returning favorites. The Festival is made possible, in part, through the generous support of The Town of Addison and the Texas Commission on the Arts as well as media sponsors, TheaterJones.com and the Dallas Observer. The Festival is produced by Terry Martin and Kelsey Leigh Ervi. (more...)

Timothy Olyphant Stars in Kenneth Lonergan's HOLD ON TO ME DARLING at Atlantic Theater Company
by BWW News Desk - Jan 26, 2016

Atlantic Theater Company (Neil Pepe, Artistic Director; Jeffory Lawson, Managing Director) is proud to announce complete casting for the world premiere of Academy Award nominee and Pulitzer Prize finalist Kenneth Lonergan's latest play Hold On To Me Darling, directed by Atlantic Artistic Director Neil Pepe. (more...)

Emmy Nominee Timothy Olyphant to Lead Atlantic Theater Company's HOLD ON TO ME DARLING
by BWW News Desk - Jan 26, 2016

Atlantic Theater Company has announced complete casting for the world premiere of Academy Award nominee and Pulitzer Prize finalist Kenneth Lonergan's latest play Hold On To Me Darling, directed by Atlantic Artistic Director Neil Pepe. (more...)

The Human Race Theatre Company to Stage THE GLASS MENAGERIE, 2/4-21
by BWW News Desk - Jan 19, 2016

The Human Race begins the second half of its 29th season with Tennessee William's first great masterpiece, The Glass Menagerie. Memories come alive and love becomes desperate in this shimmering drama of a family on the edge. Tom struggles to make it in a modern day world while his reclusive sister hides amongst the small glistening crystalline creatures she collects. Their mother holds tight to a fantasy of Southern gentility and the belief that a certain gentleman caller will be the answer to their problems. With an edge as sharp as broken glass, it's a story that cuts deep into the longing of human hearts. The production at The Human Race's downtown Dayton home at The Loft Theatre is directed by Greg Hellems and features actors Scott Hunt, Jennifer Joplin, Claire Kennedy and Drew Vidal. The preview performance of The Glass Menagerie is Thursday, February 4. Opening night is Friday, February 5. The production runs through February 21. (more...)

Second Stage Theatre Will Honor Producer David Stone at 37th Anniversary Gala
by BWW News Desk - Jan 12, 2016

Second Stage Theatre's 37th Anniversary Gala celebration will honor Producer DAVID STONE, celebrating his ongoing 12 year relationship with the Off-Broadway Company.  The evening's Honorary Chair is James M. Nederlander and the Co-Chairs are Marc Platt, Patrick Catullo, and Nancy Coyne.  The gala evening, which will be directed by James Lapine, will be held on Monday, May 2, 2016 at Cipriani 42nd Street.  The evening's entertainment, which will feature stars who have appeared in Stone's productions over the years, will be announced at a later date.  This is the first time Second Stage's annual gala will be honoring a Broadway producer. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at The Human Race Theatre Co's THE GLASS MENAGERIE
by BWW News Desk - Feb 3, 2016

The Human Race begins the second half of its 29th season with Tennessee William's first great masterpiece, THE GLASS MENAGERIE. The production at The Human Race's downtown Dayton home at The Loft Theatre is directed by Greg Hellems and features actors Scott Hunt, Jennifer Joplin, Claire Kennedy and Drew Vidal. The preview performance of THE GLASS MENAGERIE is tomorrow, February 4. Opening night is Friday, February 5. The production runs through February 21. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

EVITA, A RAISIN IN THE SUN & More Set for KC Rep's 2016-17 Season
by BWW News Desk - Feb 29, 2016

Eric Rosen, Artistic Director of Kansas City Repertory Theatre has announced KC Rep's 2016-17 season, a diverse mix of cutting edge world premieres and re-imagined American classics. (more...)

MAMMA MIA! to Launch Playhouse on the Square's 2016-17 Season
by BWW News Desk - Feb 23, 2016

?The 2016 - 2017 season at Playhouse on the Square will begin with one of the longest running Broadway musicals, the smash hit Mamma Mia! Featuring some of Abba's biggest hits, this crowd-pleasing favorite played for over 14 years on Broadway. (more...)

Recent Cutbacks to Return to The PIT with FLY, YOU FOOLS This March
by BWW News Desk - Feb 12, 2016

After a year-long sold out run of Hold On To Your Butts (named a "Critic's Pick" and one of the "Ten Best Comedy Shows of 2014" by Time Out New York), The PIT is proud to announce the return of acclaimed theatrical company Recent Cutbacks with FLY, YOU FOOLS, another LIVE shot-for-shot remake. Three actors and a foley artist band together (in fellowship) to bring you a parody of the first chapter in the most epic fantasy trilogy of all time! (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Castle Craig's SANTALAND DIARIES
by BWW News Desk - Dec 8, 2015

Forget visions of sugarplums and carols sung fireside! The Castle Craig Players have an alternative way to keep things jolly this holiday season - irreverent comedy, with the hilarious play The Santaland Diaries. This sardonic "one-elf show" by award-winning American humorist David Sedaris, opens Thursday and runs for four performances only, through December 13 - on the group's intimate Meriden stage. (more...)

BWW Review: THE SANTALAND DIARIES at Capital Fringe
by Greg Alcock - Dec 7, 2015

SantaLand Diaries is arguably the defining short story that put the now iconic essayist, NPR regular, and perpetual sardonic wit, David Sedaris on the literary map back in 1992. The story was adapted as a one-man stage production by Joe Mantello (Wicked, Take Me Out, Assassins) in 1996. The tale tells Sedaris' sarcastic story of his holiday season stint as Crumpet, one of Santa's Christmas elves at Macy's flagship New York City store. Mantello's adaptation, like the original, brings us behind the scenes of Macy's famous holiday attraction, counting down the days till Christmas using Sedaris' signature cynical style. The shop talk of a 33-year old, snarky, gay, man-elf includes ridiculous memories of a crew of bitter Santas, exasperated parents, puking children and utterly confused foreign tourists. In the end, Crumpet simultaneously tears down our sugar-coated image of a child's annual visit to see Santa, while leaving us inspired that the Christmas spirit somehow manages to live on in even the most bitter of St. Nick's little helpers. (more...)

BWW Reviews: THE SANTALAND DIARIES at Road Less Traveled Theatre
by Michael Rabice - Dec 6, 2015

A disgruntled elf at Christmas time? Well,  I'm sure everyone remembers Hermey, the wanna be dentist elf featured in Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, who was unsatisfied with his elfin duties. But another elf story has become a holiday tradition on NPR and in regional theatres across the US. Humorist David Sedaris' The Santaland Diaries is playing  at Roadless Traveled Theatre and making quite an impression on holiday theatre goers. (more...)

Regional Roundup: Holiday Edition! Top 10 Stories This Week Around the Broadway World - 12/4; SDMT's WHITE CHRISTMAS, SANTALAND DIARIES in Austin and More!
by BWW Special Coverage - Dec 4, 2015

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas! This week, we go around our Broadway World to feature holiday features in Chicago, Austin, San Diego, and more. Check out our top 10 stories around our Broadway World below, which include Mercury Theatre's CHRISTMAS SCHOONER, SDMT's WHITE CHRISTMAS, and SANTALAND DIARIES in Austin, just to name a few. (more...)

The Ringwald to Present THE SANTALAND DIARIES & SEASON'S GREETINGS, 12/17-21
by BWW News Desk - Dec 3, 2015

If you're allergic to shopping malls, excessive commercialism or egg nog, The Ringwald Theatre has the perfect solution to restore a smile to your overburdened holidays. Opening December 17th for an exclusive five-day engagement is the return of the comedic duo of The Santaland Diaries & Season's Greetings from award-winning humorist David Sedaris and adapted for the stage by acclaimed director Joe Mantello and featuring Joe Bailey and Brandy Joe Plambeck. (more...)

BWW Interview: Harold M. Leaver Returns for 17th Season As A Department Store Elf in Horizon Theatre's THE SANTALAND DIARIES
by Kiley Gipson - Dec 27, 2015

After 17 successful seasons of SANTALAND, this man is somewhat of an icon in the Atlanta theatre scene. But for the other 10 months out of the year, what does a holiday icon do with his time? Get to know Harold M. Leaver, Atlanta's beloved tax preparing elf. (more...)

BWW Interview: Todd Waite Talks THE SANTALAND DIARIES
by Katricia Lang - Dec 24, 2015

The Santaland Diaries, a one man show based on great American humorist David Sedaris' essay on his time as a department store Christmas Elf, is back at the Alley Theatre (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Kevin Kennedy in RLTP's THE SANTALAND DIARIES
by BWW News Desk - Dec 2, 2015

Road Less Traveled Productions (RLTP) presents its second annual holiday offer as part of its 2015-2016 season, David Sedaris & Joe Mantello's The Santaland Diaries. RLTP's production of this hilariously irreverent one-man show features Kevin Kennedy in the role of David Sedaris under the direction of Doug Weyand. BroadwayWorld has a first look at Kennedy onstage below! (more...)

Castle Craig Players Extend THE SANTALAND DIARIES
by BWW News Desk - Dec 16, 2015

Due to the overwhelming demand for tickets, the Castle Craig Players have added a special ENCORE PERFORMANCE of 'The Santaland Diaries' this Saturday, December 19th at 8pm. (more...)

Bad Jews to end Chicago run on December 27
by BWW News Desk - Dec 12, 2015

After a wildly successful, eight-month ride, Theater Wit's smash hit Chicago premiere of Joshua Harmon's Bad Jews will end its extended run with its final performance on December 27 at Chicago's Royal George Theatre. Joshua Harmon's smart, funny play about 20-something Jewish cousins grappling with faith, family and identity was a surprise hit for Theater Wit, selling out a nine-week run last spring at the company's Lakeview home before transferring to the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Watch Highlights from Castle Craig Players' THE SANTALAND DIARIES
by Stage Tube - Dec 10, 2015

An exclusive first look at the Castle Craig Players production of The Santaland Diaries by David Sedaris, running through December 13th only! (more...)

BWW Review: Feel All the Feels of Christmas at THE SANTALAND DIARIES at Portland Center Stage
by Krista Garver - Dec 10, 2015

Portland favorite Darius Pierce brings Crumpet the Elf to life in The Santaland Diaries, a funny, touching adaptation of an essay by David Sedaris. (more...)

Gloucester Stage to Present EVERY CHRISTMAS STORY EVER TOLD (AND THEN SOME!)
by BWW News Desk - Dec 1, 2015

Gloucester Stage proudly presents the holiday comedy, Every Christmas Story Ever Told (And Then Some!) by Michael Carleton, Jim FitzGerald and John K. Alvarez with original music by Will Knapp from December 3 through December 20 at Gloucester Stage, 267 East Main Street, Gloucester, MA. (more...)

IN THE HEIGHTS, 'LADY DAY' and More Set for ZACH Theatre's 2016-17 Season
by BWW News Desk - Apr 6, 2016

Producing Artistic Director Dave Steakley recently announced the 2016-17 ZACH Theatre Season at an event for ZACH's Trustees, annual donors, and Season Sponsors. ZACH is thrilled to produce Hamilton composer/playwright Lin Manuel Miranda's extraordinary, Tony award winning, Broadway musical In The Heights. (more...)

Theatre In The Park to Offer Benefit Performace of THE ELEPHANT MAN, 4/21
by BWW News Desk - Apr 14, 2016

Jesse Gephart has been a beloved member of the theatre community here at Theatre In The Park for many years. Among his many roles, he has delighted audiences year after year as Crumpet the Elf in the hilariously funny one-man production of The Santaland Diaries, bringing joy and happiness to many, particularly those enduring hard times during the holiday season. (more...)

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