Diversionary Theatre’s excellent “Legacy Revival Production” of The Santaland Diaries is a dark comedy for adults that takes shots at, while honoring, the Christmas season in equal measure. Adapted by Joe Mantello from a David Sedaris semi-autobiographical essay, an unemployed thirty something gay actor in the 1990’s, briefly referred to as David (Wil Bethmann), decides to become a seasonal department store elf at Macy’s.
The town is a loser place (you can tell because the junior high school is named for Warren G. Harding). Nevertheless, Shepherd’s phrase that captures its character is succinct: “You’ll shoot your eye out, kid,” That phrase echoes over and over in San Diego Musical Theatre’s splashy and funny holiday show for the whole family, A Christmas Story…
It’s Christmastime, there’s an empty stage at the Old Globe… Can Scrooge be far behind?
In the hideous slaughter of Cambodia’s Khmer Rouge era of the 1970s, 90 perfcent of the country’s artists were wiped out. Just enough survived, it seems, for a rebirth.
Mae West has been credited with saying, “Too much of a good thing can be wonderful.” But she has also been credited with saying, “Too much of a good thing can be taxing.” In the case of Welkome Home for the Holidays, a revue playing through December 29, 2019, I’d side with Ms. West’s latter statement…
Adding something new to a classic story can make it appear fresh. New Village Arts Theatre’s family-friendly production of Around the World in 80 Days not only uses a 2008 script from Laura Eason, but also incorporates original songs from a local “pirate rock” band, The Shantyannes (their musical theatre debut).