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Tuesday, December 27, 2011


RETRO IN CARLSBAD--Everytime we attend live theatre we swear to return more often. So was the case Saturday as we caught the holiday season ending performance of “Santaland Diaries,” a tour de force performance by Equity actor Daren Scott. Based on the book, “Holiday on Ice,” by David Sedaris, America’s best selling humorist, the one-man performance at Carlsbad’s New Village Arts Theatre mirrored the collective insanity of the holiday season. It was small theatre (99-seats) at its very best. Scott’s solo as Crumpet the Macy’s elf was—well, let’s say he nailed it! Judging by matinee’s full house, it was the right choice to stage this holiday season.

Bravo to the entire company for creating such a fresh and creative venue. Founded in 2001 by grads of NYC’s Actors Studio Drama School, the NVA is sited next door to the Carlsbad Amtrak station in a 1922-converted lumber warehouse.

The company’s enthusiasm and love of what they do as professionals will certainly make a hit of their next effort, which is “New Year’s Eve Vintage Prom.” Guests are invited to dust off retro prom attire and dance to the icon tunes of the last 60 years. Tickets are $75 each and include, food, drink, desserts, photos, dancing and door prizes. If the enthusiasm of “Santaland…” carries over to the “…Vintage Prom”, the evening will be remembered for a long time.

Next stage performance for the troupe will be a partnership with Playwrights Project featuring
two new plays by San Diego-based emerging playwrights. L.A. (Lost Apollonia) (Jan. 13-15) and M (Jan. 20-22).

New Village Arts Theatre, 2787 State Street, Carlsbad, CA 92008, 760-433-3245,

Image: Via Google images, Daren Scott as Crumpet, the Macy’s elf in “Santaland Diaries,” written by David Sedaris at the New Village Arts Theatre, Carlsbad CA.

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