Ryan Neil (photo credit: Tim Matheson)
by Chris Lane
Santaland Diaries certainly isn't your typically heart-warming Christmas yarn. Based on a short story by David Sedaris, it stays true to his politically-incorrect style of dark humour and social commentary.
it's hard not to laugh at Beil's cynical Christmas elf
Actor Ryan Beil gives all he's got, including some of his dignity, as Crumpet the Christmas elf in this hilarious one-man show (with bells on). Beil wonderfully embodies Sedaris and successfully captures his sardonic and self-deprecating voice. He is a frenetic version of Sedaris (or Crumpet), and remains impressively energetic throughout the 75-minute one-act show. While his delivery is sometimes faster than it needs to be, it's hard not to laugh at Beil's cynical Christmas elf.
Santaland Diaries runs until December 29th at the Arts Club's Revue stage on Granville Island.