December incites a fever pitch for holiday shoppers, which can be both terrifying — particularly if you find yourself on the receiving end of a pepper spray assault at Wal-Mart — and hilarious, if you look at the bedlam through the eyes of humor writer David Sedaris. The author mined his own experiences playing Santa’s elf, Crumpet, at Macy’s to create “The Santaland Diaries,” which looks at the indignity of wearing velvet knickers amid the fearsome hordes of New York shoppers. The piece has since been adapted into a stage production. See it at Fort Fringe starting Thursday, when local talent Joe Brack (whose credits include WSC’s “Mary Stuart” and Constellation’s “On the Razzle”) takes on Crumpet under the direction of Matty Griffiths. Some shows have sold out, so those looking for salty irreverence to balance the season’s sugar plum fairies should act fast.
Thursday through Dec. 24. The Shop at Fort Fringe, 607 New York Ave. NW. www.cityartisticpartnerships.org. $20.