Bickford Theatre/Moonlight & Magnolias
The Star Ledger

“Littman (as Selznick) gives one of the most dynamic performances of the season, playing a man who will not be stopped. Littman shows the leadership qualities that make believers out of Hecht and Fleming. Selznick may be an egomaniac and a bully — but Littman makes us want the man to succeed. Finally, Littman’s imitations of Vivien Leigh and Leslie Howard are terrific.”

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New Repertory Theatre/The Santaland Diaries
Edge Boston

“Several actors have taken on the role of Crumpet the Elf over the years, and done fine jobs of it, but it’s hard to capture Sedaris’ voice. With his inaugural turn as Crumpet, however, Gary Littman nails it cold: he’s everything the distinctive Sedaris voice calls for in an actor: simultaneously craven and cutting, pathetic and discerning, a brilliant social satirist and yet the all-American schlub. Littman makes the one-man role into a cornucopia of characters, many of them Noo Yawkers to their hard-bitten cores. His impressions are dead-on, and drop-dead funny; but it’s the twisting and bitter psyche of Crumpet himself that Littman most successfully inhabits, as the season’s shopping days dwindle, the petty outrages mount, and his elf-costume remains indefatigably humiliating. Comfort and joy never had such a sharp bite.”

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Boston Theatre Review

“The firecracker of a one-man-show stars Gary Littman as “Crumpet”, the incarnation of the playwright transformed into an Elf in New York City’s Macys department store. The Santaland Diaries plays like a 90 minute dramatic diary, taking the audience through vignettes from the fateful day Sedaris applies for the position found in the Sunday New York Times (it was a dare) through the interview, training, naming (Crumpet!), and actual daily shifts as one of Macy’s elves. Littman is charming. He boldly captures the wit and charm of the original short story, making the audience laugh, cringe, and even, by the end, get a little misty-eyed. From opening monologue to trippy solo dance number, Littman’s delivery is spot on.“

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Boston Herald

“Crumpets generally don't try to imitate Sedaris' singular cadence, and they shouldn't. As for Littman's delivery, it's about as far from the original as you can get. Sedaris' style is all about offhandedly tossing off absurd observations, but nothing is played- down about Littman's performance. He's a comedian in the style of Nathan Lane, pulling faces and airing his complaints with loud desperation. Littman's Crumpet is more of a performer than storyteller. Littman is an ace at imitating voices, and there's something in his big, blue, tired eyes that evokes the deep exasperation of holiday naysayers everywhere.”

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