Thursday, December 20, 2012

Parade Productions: The Santaland Diaries (2 reviews)

Parade Productions opened its production of The Santaland Diaries on December 13, 2012.
David Sedaris' wickedly funny account of his days at Macy's SantaLand, working as a holiday Elf. Adapted by Tony-award winner Joe Mantello with sardonic glee, this is a spiked cup of holiday eggnog that's decidedly for grownups.

This play is NOT recommended for children.
Kim St. Leon directed Michael McKeever as Crumpet.

Gideon Grudo reviewd for South Florida Gay News:
Award-winning Michael McKeever delivers a non-stop thrill ride of humor-laced stories, sometimes dark and sometimes cheery...  Don’t expect to sit silently at this show, as McKeever draws you in enthusiastically to partake in the holiday spirit, chanting Santa’s name.
The stage and lighting draw the show into perfect focus, keeping your eyes on Crumpet the entire time. During the darker moments, you’ll find yourself floating along with Crumpet’s emotional stirrings, the dark red lights around you affecting it all. From giant candy canes to stuff animals to Santa’s giant chair, the stage is set for Crumpet’s pseudo-confessional.

Bill Hirschman reviewed for Florida Theater On Stage:
The 70-minute monologue is delivered once again by the irresistibly amiable actor/playwright/designer/bookbinder/candlemaker Michael McKeever. Even with a new director here, Kim St. Leon, this is McKeever’s third run at the material including one last winter at Zoetic Stage that McKeever helped found in Miami. As we said then, “McKeever is inspired casting, not just because of his slight stature, but because of his blend of genial charm and beleaguered helplessness at the absurdities that the temp job heaps upon his sensibilities.” If his martini-swilling elf is visibly one additional year disgusted with bureaucracy dehumanizing the joys of the holiday, McKeever hasn’t flagged and his work here may even be better than last year.
Parade Productions presents The Santaland Diaries at the Mizner Park Cultural Arts Center through December 23, 2012.

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