Holiday Plays for Adults: Santaland Diaries and Season's Greetings
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We just got back from our last show of 2006: Santaland Diaries and Seasons Greetings at the Rep East Playhouse in Newhall. This is actually three shows:
* Front Row, performed by the Artistic Director, Ovington Michael Owston. This is a monologue that is purportedly a theatre review column on a local radio station. In this monologue, the announcer provides a number of reviews of elementary Christmas show. As one would expect from versions of A Christmas Carol and other such shows, they are not up to professional snuff, and he rips them quite to shreds. As one who has had to suffer through such shows, I knew what he was thinking.
* Seasons Greetings, performed by Erin Rivlin-Sakata, was a monologue reading of one of those cheerful newsletters one often gets in the mail this time of year. The author, a bright and perkey housewife (think Corky Sherwood from Murphey Brown... on steroids) relates the trials of her life, her husband, her children, her new step-child, Kai-son, a Vietnam-war baby who just shows up, wears string bikinis all the times, and only knows how to say "give me five dolla". She talks about how her daughter had a crack baby. The monologue ends on a sad note, when she leaves the baby with Kai-son, telling her to watch the baby. Kai-son hears "wash", and proceeds to run the baby through the laundry. The monologue was written by David Sedaris. Seasons greetings!
* Santaland Diaries, performed by George Chavez II, can best be described as: Are you a man, or are you an Elf? It is a monologue of a man in New York, who needing work, answers an ad from Macy*s to be an elf in "Santaland". He goes on to describe his training, the layout, the people, the Santas, the moms, the dads, the other elfs, and the whole craziness that is the Santa setup at Macy*s. This was actually a very very funny routine. The "Santaland Diaries" routine was written by NPR humorist David Sedaris. You can hear some audio selections here.
The performances were excellent -- we have been uniformly pleased with the work of the Santa Clarita Rep East this season. They have announced their 2007 season: A Few Good Men (Aaron Sorkin; Jan 19-Feb 17); The Last 5 Years (Jason Robert Brown; Mar 9-Apr 7); Driving Miss Daisy (Alfred Uhry; May 18-Jun 16); All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten (Robert Fulghum; Sep 21-Oct 20); and The Unexpected Guest (Agatha Christie; Nov 9-Dec 8). For summer in the park, they are doing A Midsummers Night Dream.
The Santaland Diaries is a brilliant evocation of what a slacker’s Christmas must feel like. Out of work, our slacker decides to become a Macy’s elf during the holiday crunch. At first the job is simply humiliating, but once the thousands of visitors start pouring through Santa’s workshop, he becomes battle weary and bitter. The piece ends with yet another Santa being ushered into the workshop, but this one is different. This Santa actually seems to care about and love the children who come to see him, startling our hero into an uncharacteristic moment of goodwill just before his employment runs out.
Accompanying Santaland Diaries, are TWO hilarious monologues that will have you bending over with laughter. Season’s Greetings and Front Row Center With Thadeuss Bristol are two funny, touching – and peculiar – monologues about the holiday season.
All three of these holiday treats are being directed by Jennie Magon. Santaland Diaries & Season’s Greetings star Erin Rivlin-Sakata and George Chavez II who both previously appeared in the smash hit I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change. Front Row Center With Thadeuss Bristol will feature a surprise guest actor that you have to see to believe!
Santaland Diaries was first performed for National Public Radio by its author, David Sedaris and has been produced world wide by various professional and regional theatre companies.