David Sedaris's Santaland Diaries is the world-renowned author/humorist's tale of working as an elf in the Christmas wonderland display at Macy's New York. So as you can guess, it's a stocking filled with sarcasm and biting wit. Sedaris's plastic wonderland is filled with stilted Santas, crying children and reason-for-the-season-forgetting parents. "But the nice thing about Sedaris is, he's not saying, 'Screw Christmas.' He's saying, 'There is a piece of heart in it, but it's just not all the commercial crap,'" says actor Todd Waite.
The nine-year Alley Theatre veteran will add his own flair to the theatrical version of Sedaris's story for the second year in a row. As anyone familiar with Sedaris's work knows, it's not easy to tackle his dry style - especially when it's dressed up in tights and jingly shoes. But so far, so good. "[Last year,] a lot of people responded very positively," Waite says. 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays; 6 and 9 p.m. Fridays, 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturdays, and 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Through December 27. 615 Texas. For information, call 713-220-5700 or visit www.alleytheatre.org. $30 to $49.
Tuesdays-Sundays. Starts: Nov. 28. Continues through Dec. 27, 2009
Get the Events Newsletter
What's happening in town? From underground club nights to the biggest outdoor festivals, our top picks for the week's best events will always keep you in on the action.