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  The Santaland Diaries at Goodman Theatre

The Santaland Diaries

Goodman Theatre
170 N. Dearborn Street Chicago

This holiday season, Goodman Theatre presents The Santaland Diaries-David Sedaris' "vivid, hilarious portrait of family Christmas with his deft combination of wicked humor and scalpel-sharp observation" (Chicago Magazine). Adapted by Joe Mantello and directed by longtime Goodman Artistic Associate Steve Scott, this "theatrical stocking stuffer" (Chicago Reader) is perfect for those who prefer their eggnog spiked. Chicago favorite Matt Crowle makes his Goodman debut in a solo performance as the strapped-for-cash struggling actor who takes a job as "Crumpet," an elf at Macy's Santaland-and his hilarious observations are more naughty than nice.

Thru - Dec 30, 2018

Price: $15-$45

Show Type: Comedy

Box Office: 312-443-3800

Running Time: 1hr, 5mins

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  The Santaland Diaries Reviews
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Chicago Tribune - Recommended

"...Matt Crowle is a terrific Crumpet in director Steve Scott's wry little production. He's less caustic than I remember Cromer being (it's not hard to be less caustic than Cromer) and more focused on likeability. He's also a bonafide musical-comedy talent (every time I see him I think of Bert the chimney sweep in "Mary Poppins") and thus the show gets a welcome dose of that spirit, too. He's just the sort of performer with whom it's fun to spend an hour - he's off-kilter enough credibly to inhabit a Sedaris text, but enough of a creature of the empathetic theater to win over your affection. It's a pleasure to see him, and laugh at him, in this role."
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Chris Jones

Daily Herald - Highly Recommended

"...Directed with clear-eyed vigor by Scott, an artistic associate and retired Goodman producer, "The Santaland Diaries" ultimately suggests the holiday spirit can soften the edges of the most jaded soul. But not entirely."
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Barbara Vitello

Chicago Reader - Highly Recommended

"...Actor Matt Crowle possesses an easygoing scruffy, yet impishly charming persona that plays like a best friend dishing hot gossip after work as he delivers a long string of anecdotes about the terrible behavior of ridiculous parents, crazed shoppers, and a less-than-ideal Santa Claus. He keeps the laughs coming—and he'll make you thank your lucky stars for your nonretail day job."
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Sheri Flanders

Let's Play at ChicagoNow - Recommended

"...Matt Crowle is the perfect naughty elf and will keep you entertained and laughing throughout the play. If you're looking for a fresh take on Christmas from another perspective of adult humor Let's Play 'Recommend' that you check out 'The Santaland Diaries' at Goodman Theatre, dare we say it, where a potty mouth is accepted on the throne of Santa!"
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Rick and Brenda McCain

Chicago Theatre Review - Highly Recommended

"...No Elf on the Shelf, Mr. Crowle, through his character’s sassy, smart-mouthed, often profane comments, leaps about the stage allowing his audience to empathize with his situation. Through the actor’s honest commitment to his role, we feel the frustration of dealing with rude, pushy parents, screaming children and obnoxious fellow employees. He describes all the various Santa Clauses with whom he’s worked, from one jolly old elf who had his routine down to a science, to another Santa who saw his job as a platform for spouting his political views. But, ultimately, the actor brings the evening to a close with one tender incident that not only changed David Sedaris, but allows Crowle’s audience to see the hustle and bustle of the holiday season through more caring, compassionate eyes."
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Colin Douglas

The Fourth Walsh - Recommended

"...SANTALAND DIARIES is a clever tale of elf oppression. This is no “Miracle on 34th Street.” It’s more ‘reality on Dearborn.’ The countdown to Christmas is a riotous implosion of fun. I promise you’ll never look at a department store elf the same. "
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Katy Walsh

PicksInSix - Highly Recommended

"...If you are a regular listener to the holiday broadcast, large passages of “The Santaland Diaries” will be hilariously familiar. What you are not able to imagine, until you have settled into your seat at the Owen, is the inspired interpretation that Crowle brings to his jaded, frenetic and heartily endearing Crumpet that makes this a laugh-filled, impish joyride from destitute actor to persecuted full-time elf."
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Ed Tracy

Picture This Post - Highly Recommended

"...No Christmas tale is complete without the main character learning a little something about himself, and The Santaland Diaries certainly does not fail in that regard. This writer does not want to give away the ending, but the story traverses through a range of emotions. While this tale about Crumpet the Elf is full of dark humor and a certain negativity about the holidays, there are also moments of pure genuine honesty and hope, and this writer felt that Scott and Crowle masterfully traverse that terrain."
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Lauren Katz

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   This show has been Jeff Recommended*

*The designation of "Jeff Recommended" is given to a production when at least ONE ELEMENT of the show was deemed outstanding by the Joseph Jefferson Awards Committee.

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