“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 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
Tickets start at $35 and can be purchased here.