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The Santaland Diaries

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Portland Center Stage (map) Northwest
Fri., Jan. 2, 7:30 p.m., Tuesdays-Sundays, 7:30 p.m., Sundays, 2 p.m., Thursdays, 10 p.m., Saturdays, 2 p.m., Wednesdays, 2 p.m., Thu., Dec. 24, 12 & 5 p.m., Sun., Dec. 27, 2 & 7:30 p.m., Tue., Dec. 29, 7 & 10 p.m., Wed., Dec. 30, 7:30 p.m. and Thu., Dec. 31, 5 p.m. Continues through Dec. 30 2010

$44-58

Before Storm Large became the hottest ticket in town, Wade McCollum was the darling of the Portland theater scene. Currently based in New York, the actor is back on his home turf for this adaptation of David Sedaris' "Santaland Diaries," an acerbic story about a stint working as an extremely grumpy elf at a mall Santaland. The story is a holiday staple for people who like to pretend they hate the holidays. This adaptation is conversational and funny, as McCollum takes the audience backstage at a high-volume Christmas village, impersonating by turns the other elves he works with and the parents, children, and semi-retarded adults who come to see Santa. As Crumpet, McCollum lacks a certain edge—he's not quite as bitter as he really should be, considering that his work uniform involves candy cane-striped tights. But as soon as he takes on the role of a too-enthusiastic boss, or a cock-teasing fellow elf, it's clear why he was cast—each of the characters he impersonates is distinct, fully realized, and hilarious. AH

Portland Center Stage

128 NW 11th, Portland, OR 97209
503-445-3700
http://www.pcs.org/

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  • Fri., Jan. 2, 7:30 p.m., Tuesdays-Sundays, 7:30 p.m., Sundays, 2 p.m., Thursdays, 10 p.m., Saturdays, 2 p.m., Wednesdays, 2 p.m., Thu., Dec. 24, 12 & 5 p.m., Sun., Dec. 27, 2 & 7:30 p.m., Tue., Dec. 29, 7 & 10 p.m., Wed., Dec. 30, 7:30 p.m. and Thu., Dec. 31, 5 p.m. Continues through Dec. 30 2010