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The Santaland Diaries 

When: Dec. 15-24 2017
Price: $18-$24

In the theater, few are the slights that can't be overcome by regular royalty checks and full houses. One case in point is Theatre in the Park's The Santaland Diaries. You wouldn't necessarily expect the show to be an annual offering after 1997, when author David Sedaris, the Raleighite whose story provides the play's source material, skewered TIP artistic director Ira David Wood III's acting and directing in Naked, Sedaris's autobiographical best-seller. Nevertheless, Jesse Gephart returns once more as the snide, gay New York newbie who watches his big-city dream—writing for a soap opera!—swiftly evaporate before he gets a job as a Christmas elf at Macy's. It only enhances the familiar tale's jaded verities to know that, each year, a playwright grants performance rights for his most famous work to a director he maligned, and that director, in turn, writes the man who mocked him a generous check for the privilege. Now that's the true meaning of Christmas. —Byron Woods



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