I just got word that Matt Bivins, actor and former member for Jump, Little Children, is in town to work on a revamped Santaland Diaries, based on the essays of David Sedaris. Performances run Dec. 17-18 at 8 p.m., Dec. 19-20 at 10 p.m. Tickets are $15.

Bivins rejoins director and improv artist Greg Tavares, one of the Have Nots!, to scale down The Santaland Diaries as a one-man show for the stage at Theatre 99. Tavares directed Bivins for a Charleston Stage production last year at the American Theatre.

Bivins and his brother Evan, also of Jump, relocated to Chicago last summer to work on getting Cabaret Kiki in front of a wider audience.

Critic William Bryan wrote in a City Paper review of Santaland that Bivins has “the right amount of sarcasm, but retains the easy-going attitude of someone slightly intoxicated relating a painfully funny event from his life. While a member of the band [Jump, Little Children] he was described as dynamic, sexy, and melodramatic. During Santaland‘s mock striptease, it’s this same set of characteristics that highlights his popularity and appeal.” —John Stoehr