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For a hysterically funny and honest look at the holidays -- both the naughty and the nice -- "The Santaland Diaries" at Weathervane Playhouse will fit the bill.
The one-hour, one-man show features Patrick Michael Dukeman as Crumpet the Elf, the pseudonym famous humorist David Sedaris created during his time working as an elf in Macy's New York during the Christmas season. The play, written by Sedaris and adapted by Joe Mantello, was directed by Melanie YC Pepe.
Dukeman has flawless comic timing, and his hour upon the stage conjures up nearly non-stop laughs as his character relates his time working as Crumpet. His expressions are fantastic, and you can easily visualize the various Santas, fellow elves and customers Crumpet encounters through the hectic holidays. I also loved the over-the-top elf costume Crumpet wears.
Sanatland Diaries runs through Dec. 15. Tickets are available at weathervaneplayhouse.com or by calling the box office at 330-836-2626. This production is aimed at teens and adults; due to adult language and themes, it might be best to leave the little elves at home.
Weathervane is at 1301 Weathervane Lane in Akron.
Also on stage
Weathervane also is staging the musical "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" through Dec. 18.
Weathervane's first play of the year will be "A Kid Like Jake," which can be seen Jan. 12 through 22.
Weathervane's holiday drop-in is Dec. 14 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. No RSVP is needed; guests are encouraged to bring a covered dish to share.
Also, middle school and high school age students are invited to the second annual Yule Ball Jan. 6 from 7 to 9 p.m. The evening includes dinner, dancing, raffles, a D.J. and surprises.