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Most of The SantaLand Diaries Is Engaging, Funny and, Eventually, Quite Moving

Beginning as an essay for NPR’s Morning Edition in 1992, David Sedaris’ The SantaLand Diaries has become a holiday classic in both book and audio formats. Sedaris, who was raised in Raleigh, has made a career of publicly sharing his most humiliating moments with a trademark dry wit. In 1996, a much longer version of… Read More ›

You Absolutely Must See Jesse R. Gephart in The SantaLand Diaries at Theatre in the Park

Even though many of the Triangle’s favorite holiday shows are currently in production, you absolutely must see Theatre in the Park’s The SantaLand Diaries, starring Jesse R. Gephart. The SantaLand Diaries is a stage adaptation by Joe Mantello of an autobiographical essay written by former Raleigh author and humorist David Sedaris, who initially read the… Read More ›

Theatre in the Park’s “The SantaLand Diaries” Offers Holiday Fun for the Grown-Ups

This time of year, Theatre in the Park is pretty busy (and pretty popular), thanks to its annual production of Ira David Wood III’s A Christmas Carol. What a lot of people don’t know, however, is that the theatre also puts on another Christmas themed show of the one-man variety, and it’s just as hilarious… Read More ›

Jesse R. Gephart Returns as David/Crumpet in “The SantaLand Diaries” Dec. 12-16 at Theatre in the Park

Automatic Vaudeville and Theatre in the Park will reprise their hilarious joint presentation of David Sedaris’ sardonic PG-13-rated Christmas story, “The SantaLand Diaries,” starring local comic actor extraordinaire Jesse R. Gephart, on Dec. 8-11 and 16-18 in the Ira David Wood III Pullen Park Theatre in Raleigh, NC. Gephart’s sidesplitting performance previously brought local audiences to their feet in December 2008, 2010, and 2011.

The Durham Performing Arts Center will present "Wicked" on May 2-6, 8-13, 15-20, and 22-27

Oh, What a Night! “Wicked” Returns to Durham, and Tiffany Haas and Christine Dwyer Set DPAC Ablaze

Incendiary performances by Tiffany Haas and Christine Dwyer really lit up the Durham Performing Arts Center stage during the May 3rd press-night performance of “Wicked,” whose four-week return engagement runs through May 27th. Haas is delightfully dim as the insufferably snobbish and self-centered wealthy blonde beauty Galinda, who ironically comes to be known as Glinda the Good; and Dwyer is simply wonderful as her raven-haired, green-skinned, hair-trigger-tempered socially conscious college roommate Elphaba, a pariah at Shiz University who will become the Wicked Witch of the West as her skill at sorcery manifests itself.