The Santaland Diaries 

Thursday, Nov 29 2012
The season brings with it enough Christmas- and holiday-themed fare to set your teeth on edge from sugar overload. Fortunately for the cynics among us, the Blank Theatre has brought back its not-safe-for-children, one-man hit show for the fourth year running. Based on comedian David Sedaris' sardonic radio segments on NPR's Morning Edition, the show charts the protagonist's increasingly bizarre experience as a costumed elf at Macy's department store. Sedaris' tale takes us from the laborious interview process and training to the hell that is frenzied parents and excited kids during the most intense shopping period of the year. Paolo Andino climbs back into the elf suit for a second time, and it's still a perfect fit. Cute, sly and bouncing with verve, Andino carefully modulates the tone, delivering a comedic monologue that is never too sarcastic or snarky. He also glides from raconteur to warbler in the show's handful of brief musical interludes. But it's his gift for impressions that really makes this show sing. Blank Theatre Company at the Stella Adler Theatre, 6773 Hollywood Blvd., Hlywd.; Wed.-Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 2 p.m.; through Dec. 16. (323) 465-4446, stellaadler-la.com.
Thursdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sundays, 2 p.m. Starts: Nov. 16. Continues through Dec. 16, 2012

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