"Funny, foul-mouthed and festive"

November 29 - December 29 in Goodman's Owen Theatre

Around 1 hour with no intermission

Strapped for cash, a struggling actor takes a job as “Crumpet the Elf” at Macy’s Santaland—and his hilarious observations are more naughty than nice. Brimming "with [David] Sedaris' wicked humor" (Chicago magazine), this "sweetly snarky holiday treat“ (Daily Herald) is perfect for those who prefer their eggnog spiked.

Please Note: for mature elves only.

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Audience Response
  • Laughed all night. I love David Sedaris' humor.

    Cathi G. via Facebook

  • Great performance! We loved it.

    Jo Ann M. via Facebook

  • Always worth seeing this David Sedaris gem.

    Mike N. via Facebook

  • Highly recommend it.

    Carol C. via Facebook

  • Steven Strafford is phenomenal! 

    Joy R. via Facebook

  • Super funny, he did a great job.

    Susi M. via Facebook

  • David Sedaris

    David Sedaris Author

  • Joe Mantello

    Joe Mantello Adapter

  • Steve Scott

    Steve Scott Director

  • Steven Strafford

    Steven Strafford Crumpet

  • Teddy Boone

    Teddy Boone u/s Crumpet

  • Kevin Depinet

    Kevin Depinet Set Designer

  • Rachel Lambert

    Rachel Lambert Costume Designer

  • Mike Durst

    Mike Durst Lighting Designer

  • Christopher Kriz

    Christopher Kriz Sound Designer

  • Kaitlin Kitzmiller

    Kaitlin Kitzmiller Production Stage Manager

  • Adam Belcuore

    Adam Belcuore Casting

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    Celebrated for his knack of identifying the odd in the obvious and weirdness around every turn—expressed with a genuine astonishment at the ways of the world—humorist David Sedaris has become something of a regular Christmas visitor, thanks to The Santaland Diaries...



Join us for any of the following accessible performances.

Questions? Please contact 312.443.3800 (voice), 312.443.3829 (TTY/TDD) or email Access@GoodmanTheatre.org.

Touch Tour and Audio Described performanceTouch Tour and Audio-Described Performance
Sunday, December 15
12:30pm Touch Tour & 2pm Performance

American Sign Language Interpreted PerformanceAmerican Sign Language-Interpreted Performance
Thursday, December 19 at 7pm

Open Caption Performance Open-Captioned Performance
Saturday, December 7 at 4pm

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