Adults who prefer A Christmas Story to A Christmas Carol, Bad Santa to Santa Claus Conquers the Martians, and hilarious to heartwarming will no doubt enjoy prepping for the holidays with today's deal: $15 tickets to The Santaland Diaries at the critically acclaimed Horizon Theatre. See the sidebar for available days and times. Only about 30 general admission seats (a $27–$32 value) are available for each show, so call the number on your Groupon to reserve your seat as soon as you can.
A smash among Atlanta theater-goers for 11 years running, The Santaland Diaries fictionalizes the real-life experiences of the diabolical comic mastermind David Sedaris. The play recounts the twisted tinsel travails of Crumpet, an out-of-work writer who endures a stint as a department-store Christmas elf in Macy's SantaLand.
Christmas can be a stressful season of last-minute shopping, sticky eggnog breath, and nightmarish visions of dancing sugarplums. With holiday stress and Santa fear looming in a gaping vortex that opens earlier each year, Horizon Theatre Company's skillful adaptation of Sedaris's darkly humorous anti-nostalgia might be just the dose of subversive jollity you need to make it through the season.
A theater writer from Creative Loafing reviewed last year’s production:
- Self-deprecating, deadpan humorist David Sedaris is a boon to America's contemporary theater scene. His most well-known short piece of fiction, THE SANTALAND DIARIES, is a post-modern critique of the Christmas consumer culture that laughingly substitutes the traditional with its own flavor of misanthropic jocularity….this NPR broadcast-that-could shines as this year's milestone potboiler to remember. – Sean Dettman, Creative Loafing
Sedaris’s biting social satire is a breath of frosty fresh air in a culture dominated by superfluous holidays. In fact, in the time it took you to read this sentence, five new holidays have already been invented. Better get shopping for the following:
- “There’s Cake in the Break Room For Some Reason” Day
- Arbor-American Remembrance Day
- “Talk Like a Pirate to Mask the Pain of Your Divorce” Day
- Die Hard Day (formerly Flag Day)
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