Staring Mitchell Fain
At Theater Wit, Chicago
Hilarious turn by Mitchell Fain continues as the Elf in a “can’t miss” holiday treat!
For years The Santaland Diaries has been a staple of holidays shows. It is due to how Mitchell Fain both commands the stage and how he personalizes the story without making drastic changes to David Sedaris’ script. One only has to witness Fain’s opening to see a master comic and a terrific actor doing his craft. Fain’s is skilled at engaging an audience with his crude but very human honesty. There may be others who can play “Crumpet the elf,” but no one humanizes the cynical character as does the sharp-tongued Mitchell Fain. He is a major comic talent at the top of his craft.
This sarcastic glimpse into the world of those dedicated to keeping the Christmas spirit alive is a major triumph. Fain delivers the vignettes about the chaos of the NYC Macy’s Santa exhibit with varying comedic styles. From subtle, to silly, to poignant, to sarcastic, to charming, Fain swiftly paints an energetic yet defeated look into the world of holiday helpers. We both laugh and empathize with Crumpet’s plight. Mitchell Fain easily wins us and keeps engaged as we laugh heartily. This show is for those who don’t believe in holiday traditions. Be warned that the show is filled with raw language and it would probably be best to leave the kids at home. This is a razor-sharp potty-mouthed comic show that features one of Chicago’s finest talents: Mitchell Fain. Put this one on you list.
Tom WilliamsTalk Theatre in Chicago podcast
Date Reviewed: December 7, 2014
For more info checkout The Santaland Diaries page at theatreinchicago.com
At Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont, Chicago, IL, www.theaterwit.org, tickets $24 – $36, Thursdays at 7:30 pm, Fridays & Saturdays at 7:30 & 9:30 pm, Sundays at 3 pm, running time is 80 minutes without an intermission, through December 28, 2014