Stepping Out

Elf goes on the shelf after this weekend

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

TheatreWorks Silicon Valley’s production of “The Santaland Diaries” is slated to close Sunday at Foothill College.

Written by David Sedaris and adapted by Joe Mantello, “Santaland” is a comedy about an ill-equipped elf forced to confront child meltdowns, overbearing parents and complacent Santas.

The one-man show stars Max Tachis, reprising his role in last year’s production, which proved popular with audiences. The Bay Area native has performed with Palo Alto Players, Pear Theatre, City Lights Theater Company and Dragon Theatre Company.

Jeffrey Lo returns as director of “Diaries.” Also a playwright, Lo has received the Leigh Weimers Emerging Artist Award, the Emerging Artist Laureate by Arts Council Silicon Valley and Theatre Bay Area Director’s TITAN Award.

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.

Performances are scheduled 8 p.m. today through Friday, 3 and 8 p.m. Saturday, and 3 p.m. Sunday in the Lohman Theatre at Foothill, 12345 S. El Monte Road.

Tickets are $45; discounts are available to students and subscribers.

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

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