Think Being An Elf Is Easy? Find Out During This Award-Winning Comedy!

Think you're stressed out during the holidays? Try being one of Santa's helpers. David Sedaris’ ever-irreverent and cynical Crumpet, The Santaland Diaries, returns to Virginia Stage for its third go-round on the Wells Theatre stage. Based on the memoir of award-winning comedic author David Sedaris, this one-man show recounts his days as a struggling writer working to make ends meet as one Santa’s Elves at Macy’s Department Store.

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. Finding consolation in the fact that some of the other elves were television extras on One Life to Live, he grins and bears it, occasionally taking out his frustrations on the children and parents alike.

The piece ends with yet another Santa being ushered into the workshop, but this one is different from the lecherous or drunken ones with whom he has had to work. 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. The Santaland Diaries is a brilliant evocation of what a slacker's Christmas must feel like—and it totally worth seeing!

The Santaland Diaries will play at Wells Theatre from Thursday, December 19th to Saturday, December 21st. Tickets start at $35.00 at and the Wells Theatre Box Office. With 75 minutes of rollicking (and not so politically-correct) fun, come enjoy the holiday season with laughter, drink, and merry spirits at the Wells!

Even though The Westport Apartments in Norfolk, Virginia provides you with all of the comfort, convenience, and entertainment you could possibly desire, we encourage our residents to venture outside of our apartment community and explore all that the city has to offer!

Event Time/Date:
Thursday, December 19, 2019—7:30 PM

Event Venue Location:
Wells Theatre
110 East Tazewell Street
Norfolk, Virginia 23510

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