Written by best-selling author David Sedaris, The Santaland Diaries (adapted here by Joe Mantello and directed by Shannon Mahoney) takes a hilarious and sarcastic look at what it’s like to work as an elf at a Macy’s department store during the holidays in New York City. Hint: it’s terribly miserable, and what’s best about this tale is that it is based on a true story. Yes, Sedaris actually was an elf once, for a brief time. This mostly one-man play starring the brilliant local actor Benjamin T. Ismail is currently running at Capital Stage through Dec. 31. Do yourself a favor and go. Bring friends, bring family, just don’t bring kids, as this production is geared toward adults. Ticket prices vary per day and time of the performance (they range from $33–$42) and are available online at Capstage.org or by calling the box office at (916) 995-5464. Capital Stage is located at 2215 J St. in downtown Sacramento.