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Curtain call: "The Santaland Diaries" opening in Austin

APRILL BRANDON

By APRILL BRANDON
Nov. 29, 2010 at 5:29 a.m.
Updated Dec. 1, 2010 at 6:01 a.m.

"The Santaland Diaries" starring Martin Burke as Crumpet the Elf, runs  throughout the month of  December at the ZACH Theatre in Austin.

"The Santaland Diaries" starring Martin Burke as Crumpet the Elf, runs throughout the month of December at the ZACH Theatre in Austin.

Need a little bah-humbug mixed in with those over-zealously joyful holiday festivities? Well, Austin's ZACH Theatre and David Sedaris have just what you need to combat all that peace and goodwill toward man.

"The Santaland Diaries," written by Sedaris and adapted for the stage by Joe Mantello, brings to life the writer's real-life experience working as Crumpet the Elf at Macy's one holiday season long ago.

"You will never think of elves the same way again. Demystification is the spirit of the season in 'The Santaland Diaries' at the Zachary Scott Theatre Center. When you walk into the theater, you are greeted by a sugar-coated set and the kind of carols that make your teeth hurt. Like joy on steroids, the atmosphere is brilliantly obnoxious, perfectly preparing you for what's to come: a dissection of Christmas," wrote Austin Chronicle reviewer Hannah Kenah of the show.

Starring Martin Burke as Crumpet, accompanied by Meredith McCall and Jason Connor, the comedy will run throughout the month of December.

The show does deal with adult topics, so be sure to keep your little elves at home for this Christmas romp.

Tickets for "The Santaland Diaries" are $39 and available at www.zachtheatre.org.

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