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Dan Taylor on the fine arts scene.

‘Santaland Diaries’ returns to Santa Rosa

For the past two Christmas seasons, actor David Yen has played cranky Crumpet the Elf in a one-man show based on author David Sedaris’ humorous memoir about working as a Santa’s elf at Macy’s. The show has played at various Sonoma County venues during that time. This year, Yen returns in “Santaland Diaries,” presented by the Marin Arts Council, at 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 17, at Glaser Center, 547 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa. I saw the opening in 2008, and… Read More »

The show goes on in Guerneville

A one-man show is normally a fairly straight-forward production,without a lot of complex personnel issues, but when that one man can’t go on, there’s a problem. Actor John Rowan opened in the new Pegasus Theater production of John Sedaris’ “Santaland Diaries” as planned, on Dec. 5, but illness has forced him to drop out. However, in true traditional show biz fashion, the show will run through Dec. 20 as originally  scheduled.  Mark Gregory will step into the role of cynical… Read More »

Rohnert Park’s ‘Santaland Diaries’ extended

“Santaland Diaries,” writer David Sedaris’ wry memoir about his stint as one of Santa’s elves at Macy’s in New York, is becoming a new holiday favorite in Sonoma County. A downtown Santa Rosa production, directed by Argo Thompson and starring David Yen (above), had a successful run last December and reopened last month at the Spreckels Performing Arts Center in Rohnert Park. And now the show has gotten such a strong response that it has been extended. Meanwhile, the longtime… Read More »

Sonoma County visits Santaland twice

“Santaland Diaries,” writer David Sedaris’ wry memoir about his stint as one of Santa’s elves at Macy’s in New York, has proved so popular that there are two Sonoma County productions of the one-man stage show this season. “Santaland Diaries” first aired in 1992 on National Public Radio, and was later adapted as a solo play by Joe Mantello. A downtown Santa Rosa production, directed by Argo Thompson and starring David Yen (above), had a successful run last December and… Read More »

The show goes on in Rohnert Park

As the Spreckels Performing Arts Center in Rohnert Park moves into its fall season, fans will notice that the programming has changed dramatically. The bad news is there will be no big, mainstage theatrical productions. The resident Pacific Alliance Stage Co. has gone on hiatus for a year, due to city budget cuts. The professional Actors Equity troupe was founded in 1990, and has been led since 2004 by Hector Correa. The good news is that Spreckels has a masterful… Read More »