Home / Events / Theater / The Santaland Diaries

The Santaland Diaries

JAY HORTON
7:30 pm Tuesdays-Sundays, 2 pm Saturdays and Sundays, 12 pm Thursdays. Closes Dec. 30., Wednesday December 12 | $30-$59.
Gerding Theater
128 NW 11th Ave.
 
The Santaland Diaries, David Sedaris' brutally comedic account of a stint playing wage-slave elf “Crumpet” for Macy's annual Yuletide installation, always seemed an odd evergreen to brighten the theatrical season of giving. As a one-man show with minimal staging (save a crimson-filtered flourish once the Santa/Satan anagram is broached), the unflinching depiction of a shopping public too boastful or benumbed to temper their worst instincts doesn't exactly ennoble the audience. Amid nastier moments (talk of special children with one in the fifth row, say), it's a Christmas miracle that the spirit never dims. For this fourth Portland Center Stage run, Darius Pierce dons the striped leggings for the first time, and the local stage and television veteran navigates the poles of impish self-deprecation and scathing misanthropy with an eye toward sheer momentum. Pierce, whose shiny dome and mischievous mien helplessly suggest Dr. Evil, doesn't linger excessively over his observations and, playing a character as fractured by seasonal expectations as anyone he encounters, he wrings genuine sentiment from the sappiest time of the year.

Where: Gerding Theater
Phone: 445-3700
Address: 128 NW 11th Ave.
Website: pcs.org

 
 
Other events in Theater

Frogz

Monday, Dec 22, 2014

Imago’s long-running extravaganza, which has toured the world and spent time on Broadway, returns for the holidays. It’s a family-friendly, fantastical show featuring elaborate costumes and imp ...

Many showtimes through Jan. 4. See imagotheatre.com for schedule | $17.50-$34.50
Imago Theatre 17 SE 8th Ave. Web | Map

Timothy Scott Dalbow

Monday, Dec 22, 2014
Timothy Scott Dalbow is one of the most dedicated and talented painters in the Northwest. If your memory stretches back to the days of now-defunct galleries Haze and New American Art Union, you’ll r ...
Radish Underground 414 SW 10th Ave. Web | Map

Christmas Revels

Monday, Dec 22, 2014

For 20 years, Portland Revels has celebrated the winter solstice with songs and dances from different eras and regions—this time, it's back to 17th-century England.

7:30 pm Thursday-Friday, Dec. 18-19; 1 and 7:30 pm Saturday-Sunday, Dec. 20-21; 7:30 pm Monday-Tuesday, Dec. 22-23 | $7-$39
St. Mary's Academy 1615 SW 5th Ave. Portland Web | Map
Also At Gerding Theater

The Santaland Diaries

Tuesday, Dec 23, 2014

Like Santa Claus and Rudolph, this stage adaptation of David Sedaris' stint as a Macy's elf will never die—we've lost count of how many times Portland Center Stage has produced the one-man show. ...

7:30 pm Tuesdays-Sundays and 2 pm Saturdays-Sundays through Dec. 28 | $25-$60
Gerding Theater 128 NW 11th Ave. Web | Map

Twist Your Dickens

Tuesday, Dec 23, 2014

In a move of stunningly bad taste, Portland Center Stage brings back this spoof of A Christmas Carol. Though the show boasts a seal of approval from Chicago improv behemoth the Second City, ...

7:30 pm Tuesdays-Sundays, 2 pm Saturdays-Sundays and noon Thursdays through Dec. 24 | $29-$69
Gerding Theater 128 NW 11th Ave. Web | Map

The Santaland Diaries

Wednesday, Dec 24, 2014

Like Santa Claus and Rudolph, this stage adaptation of David Sedaris' stint as a Macy's elf will never die—we've lost count of how many times Portland Center Stage has produced the one-man show. ...

7:30 pm Tuesdays-Sundays and 2 pm Saturdays-Sundays through Dec. 28 | $25-$60
Gerding Theater 128 NW 11th Ave. Web | Map
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
comments powered by Disqus
 

Web Design for magazines

Close
Close
Close