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Glacity Theatre Collective Laughs at Dark Side of Holidays

Published: 11/29/2011 7:00 am By: Katie Warchol

The Glacity Theatre Collective is back with another round of The Santaland Diaries/Season’s Greetings, written by notable humorist David Sedaris

Running Dec. 2-4 and 9-11, 2011, The play chronicles the ordeal of two characters during the holidays and their coping with the unpleasantness the festive season can sometimes bring. The show is done in two parts, with The Santaland Diaries telling the tale of Crumpet the Elf and his employment at Macy’s Santaland in New York City. Sedaris’ account of screaming children, red-faced, maniacal parents and an overbearing Santa are based on his own experiences as a Christmastime elf. Sedaris first read the essay-turned-book and later stage play in 1992 on National Public Radio’s Morning Edition, which he based on a journal he kept while working at the store. His holiday musings were later compiled into the book Holidays on Ice.

Season’s Greetings is a monologue written in the voice of Joyce Dunbar as she regales her friends and neighbors with an annual Christmas newsletter. Many family newsletters are filled with endless bragging and mind-numbing droning, but the Dunbar family newsletter tells of a family in shambles and her desperate attempt to hold onto the last shred of normality. The audience sees the dark humor in Joyce’s plight, as she plods along her delusional and overly optimistic path through the holiday season.

What results in The Santaland Diaries/Season’s Greetings is a sarcastic, dark and frankly hilarious account of the holiday season that is perfect for the realist in all of us.

The Santaland Diaries/Season’s Greetings takes place Dec. 2-4 and Dec. 9-11, 2011 in Studio A at The Valentine Theatre. Friday and Saturday performances are at 8 p.m., while Sunday performances are at 2 p.m. For more information about The Glacity Theatre Collective, visit http://www.glacity.org. Purchase tickets at Valentinetheatre.org.