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Holiday Humor : David Sedaris’ The Santaland Diaries & Season’s Greetings @ Modjeska Playhouse in Lake Forest – Review

Written by Daniella Litvak

The holiday season inevitably stirs up a lot of emotions.  Right now, I’m nostalgic, remembering the time a friend gave me a book tiled Holidays On Ice and thereby, introducing me to the world of humorist David Sedaris.  I have read other Sedaris works since then, but Holidays On Ice has stuck with me the most, probably because it features my favorite Sedaris authored work, “SantaLand Diaries.”

Admittedly choosing “SantaLand Diaries” as my favorite is not a surprising choice.  Back in 1992 Sedaris was an unknown artist until the day he made, “his comic début on National Public Radio’s Morning Edition, reading ‘SantaLand Diaries.”[1]  Sedaris was a hit, and that reading became Sedaris’ springboard to a prolific career, which includes several published books, two Grammy Award nominations, and a stage adaptation of the “SantaLand Diaries” combined with “Season’s Greetings to Our Friends and Family!!!” (another selection from Holidays On Ice) titled The SantaLand Diaries & Season’s Greetings. Continue Reading

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VietLove or VietLust? : Vietgone @ South Coast Repertory in Costa Mesa – Review

Written by Daniella Litvak 

In 2013 Qui Nguyen was part of the South Coast Repertory’s CrossRoads Initiative, a playwright residency program in Orange County.  During his time, Nguyen visited the Southeast Asian Archives at the University of California, Irvine.  There he found photographs of a subject near to his heart –Fort Chaffee, Arkansas, one the refugee camps where hundreds of thousands of Vietnamese refugees, including his own family, were relocated to following the fall of Saigon.  Seeing those photos finally made Nguyen commit to the project he wanted to write about for so long –a sex comedy starring his parents.  Continue Reading

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