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Todd Waite is hilarious in humiliating costume in Santaland Diaries.
Jann Whaley
Todd Waite is hilarious in humiliating costume in Santaland Diaries.

Nothing is sacred to monologist/essayist David Sedaris as he gives Christmas a solid kick in the ass, memorializing his temp days as Crumpet the Elf at Macy's department store in Santaland Diaries. Toyland is hell, parents are worse and children should be killed. Nothing is as funny as Todd Waite in his degrading, ersatz velvet costume, unless it's Paul Hope in his. (Hope takes over this weekend's performances, on December 9, 10 and 11.) To be peed on by rotten little monsters is humiliating, but to be chewed up and spit out by rampant consumerism in the name of Christ while wearing pointed shoes is downright hilarious. Through December 31. Alley Theatre, 615 Texas, 713-228-8421.

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