Santaland Diaries

W 7pm, F 8pm, Sa 2pm & 8pm, Su 2pm. Through 12/27. $30-$40. Capital Stage, 2215 J St.; (916) 476-3116;

Rated 4.0

Capital Stage puts the comedy first in this production of David Sedaris' NPR essay about his time as an elf in a Macy's Santaland, adapted for the stage by Joe Mantello. As “Crumpet,” Aaron Wilkin is hilarious, even when deadpanning, and director Peter Mohrmann keeps things moving at a manic pace. With a gasp-inducing set designed by Jonathan Williams, this holiday show goes for more spice and less sugar than most.