The holiday season is rife with traditions: trimming the tree, kissing under the mistletoe, sitting through The Nutcracker for the umpteenth time, and for the ultra-hip of Denver, reserving a seat once again for The SantaLand Diaries, the Bug Theatre's annual staging of the David Sedaris yarn about his stint as a Macy's elf, starring Gary Culig as the cynical Crumpet/Sedaris.
It's a role Culig seems to have been born to play, but guess what? This is Culig's tenth and last SantaLand season. Though he says he loves channeling Crumpet each year, personal logistics demand that he hang up his elf hat, and that's all the more reason to beg, borrow or steal one more ticket to see him one last time.
Remaining performances continue daily at the Bug, 3654 Navajo Street, through December 22, and some of those shows are already sold out. For showtimes and tickets, $23 to $26, visit www.bugtheatre.org or call 303-477-9984.
Dec. 4-21, 2008