Popular humorist David Sedaris once worked as a Christmas elf at Macy's in Manhattan, and the world of comedy has not been the same since. His insightful eye saw the seasonal Santa handle the demanding customers from an insider's perspective and yielded The Santaland Diaries. In a one-man tour de force, veteran Alley performer Todd Waite returns to his role as Crumpet the Elf — he must be the tallest elf in Christendom — to regale us again with the trials and tribulations of employment as one of Santa's helpers. Waite is a master of the fixed stare of consternation and the double take of disbelief at the horrors beneath the white cotton snow. This is a comedy for mature audiences. The play was adapted by Joe Mantello from the original comedic essay by Sedaris and is directed here by David Cromer, who keeps the pace dynamic and the humor flowing.
7:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, 6 and 9 p.m. Fridays, 7:30 p.m. Saturdays, 2:30 p.m. Sundays. Through December 30.
Tuesdays-Sundays. Starts: Nov. 24. Continues through Dec. 30, 2012