December 10, 2004.By Star Tribune.

At the Sunday matinee performance of “A Christmas Carole Petersen,” I.W. laughed and I.W. cried through Tod Petersen’s funny/poignant twirl down a yuletide memory lane. His portrayal of his jingle belled mother from Mankato – alternatively hilarious and savage – drew cheers from the packed house at the Loring Playhouse. But the crows saved its heartiest roar for after the curtain call, when Petersen surprised the audience (which included a crew motor-coached in from ‘Kato) by introducing his proud parents, Carole and Dwain, who were grinning, ear to ear, from the third row, center. Can the Guthrie’s “A Christmas Carol” top that?