MATT DENSKY AS CRUMPET THE MACY'S ELF
Matt Densky wonderfully wraps himself in
red and green and gold to assume the persona of Crumpet, not the most
compassionate or friendly Christmas creature. Even though he has a
plethora of elfin tasks to perform, from elf greeter, magic elf,
photography elf, water cooler elf or cash register elf, he never quite
manages to enjoy his assignment or complete it well.
definitely an elf with an attitude, both sarcastic and cynical. In this
darkly comic look behind the magic curtain, we discover that fantasy
land is not always perfection. Children cry and throw tantrums, mothers
have high and unrealistic expectations, Santas are not always jolly and
nice and Crumpet has seen and experienced it all...unhappily so. It's
not the easiest way to avoid losing your home.
As a one man
show, one based on Sedaris' real life experiences, Matt Densky knows the
success of his mission impossible rests solely on his holiday burdened
shoulders. He tells each little story as diary entries recited after
the fact, like so many gifts that are opened to discover socks and ties
and underwear. If he started out with a cheerful devil-may-care,
what-the-heck attitude, the toll of ungrateful kids and super demanding
parents overwhelms him. Kevin Connors directs this irreverent through
the looking glass peek at Christmas fun on a truly festive set designed
by Carl Tallent.
For tickets ($35-55), call MTC, 509 Westport
Avenue, behind Nine West, Norwalk at 203-454-3883 or online at
www.musictheatreofct.com. Performances are Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday
at 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m.
Put on your stocking cap and your pointy tasseled shoes and join the dance of the sugar plum fairies. Not!