This Way Outta Santaland (and Other Xmas Miracles) | Theater Wit | Theater & Performance, Holiday Shows | Chicago Reader
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Mitchell Fain

Johnny Knight

This Way Outta Santaland (and Other Xmas Miracles) Closing (Theater and Galleries) Recommended The Short List (Theater)

When: Thursdays-Saturdays. Continues through Dec. 23 2016
Price: $25-$34
Mitchell Fain bookends his eight holiday-season run performing David Sedaris's 1992 comic tour de force "The Santaland Diaries" at Theater Wit with this casual, heartwarming chatback chronicling his experiences over the monologue's lifespan. Alongside musicians Meghan Murphy and Julie B. Nichols, the self-deprecating Fain ribs and reads the audience, pours drinks for his stage partners, and recounts memories from his own family, both nuclear and in spirit. At the center of the story is a deceptively profound and poetic capsule of the complicated, beautiful relationship actors have with their craft. A consummate showman, Fain interweaves prepared bits with freewheeling conversation and keeps any creeping mawkishness at bay with just the right cabaret number. —Dan Jakes



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