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Originally from South Carolina, Leslie Silver earned her Journalism degree at Indiana University (Go Hoosiers!) and moved to the Big Apple right after school. After six years in the city she was ready for a change of lifestyle and weather and made the move to Austin. Leslie works in hospitality public relations and loves to take her experience of trying top-notch clients around the world and using those experiences to critique spas and restaurants all over central Texas.

Leslie is a Huge dog lover, outdoorswoman, avid reader and has a healthy obsession with the show Parks and Recreation. Though living in Austin for less than a year, she’s already experience quite a lot and can’t wait to learn, explore and write about everything she discovers in the next year.

Review Of The Santaland Diaries At The Whisenhunt Theatre At ZACH

“The Santaland Diaries” is a fun, whimsical holiday show that really gets the audience in the seasonal mood.   The show, based on author David Sedaris’ comedic book of the same name, begins with a few holiday songs performed by Jill Blackwood.  These songs are not your classic Christmas tunes–they are written in Sedaris’ voice, so they veer off topic and are not necessarily appropriate for the full family audience!

The lead performer in “The Santaland Diaries,” Martin Burke (Photo Credit: Kirk R. Tuck)

The show is performed in the intimate new Whisenhunt Theatre at ZACH.  This new venue exudes a very similar feel as the old ZACH theatre, despite featuring new modern touches and state-of-the-art sound and lighting systems.

The lead actor, Martin Burke, gave a performance that was simply outstanding.  I could not get over the amount of material he had to learn during his extended monologues, and the way he performed was electric. Watching him felt like truly living Sedaris’ story. He had so much energy and gave a vivacious performance that made the character really come alive.

The show brought some interactivity with the second act- while the actor was trying out to be an elf at Macy’s, he had the audience go through what managers requested of the elves- performing the wave, putting your hands in the air, etc.  There was even a Gangnam style dance that left the audiences in stitches! Overall, “The Santaland Diaries” was a fun show that I would highly recommend to friends who enjoy the arts, the holiday season and Sedaris’ personal brand of humor.

WHEN: Thursday, December 6th through Sunday, December 23rd, 2012

ZACH’S Whisenhunt Theatre
1510 Toomey Road
Austin, TX 78704
Ph. 512-476-0541

Tickets start at $35 and can be purchased here.



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