Stepping Out

Examining 'elf'-esteem

Kevin Berne/Special to the Town Crier
Max Tachis stars as David in TheatreWorks Silicon Valley’s “The Santaland Diaries.”

TheatreWorks Silicon Valley presents David Sedaris’ comedic holiday show “The Santaland Diaries” starting this week in Los Altos Hills.

The one-man show is slated to preview today, open Thursday and run through Dec. 23 in the Lohman Theatre at Foothill College, 12345 S. El Monte Road.

Sedaris’ international career as a memoirist took off when he recounted – in an essay he first read on NPR’s “Morning Edition” in 1992 – his short tenure at Macy’s as Crumpet the Elf. Adapted by Joe Mantello, the one-man show is the story of an ill-equipped elf forced to confront child meltdowns, overbearing parents and complacent Santas.

Max Tachis stars as David; Jeffrey Lo directs.

The play is recommended for mature audiences.

Performances are scheduled 8 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays, 7:30 and 10 p.m. Fridays, 4 and 8 p.m. Saturdays, and 4 p.m. Sundays.

Tickets are $20-$45.

For tickets and more information, call 463-1960 or visit

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