Holiday Show

October 2008.By Minnesota Monthly.

Like roasted chestnuts on street corners and crèches outside the courthouse, Yuletide letters seem destined for extinction. (Even Granny’s on Facebook now.) But Tod Petersen puts a pile of his mother’s annual holiday missives to good use in Theater Latté Da’s A Christmas Carole Petersen, lampooning their folksy tone and breezy banality in song and story. His recollections of Christmases at the family home in Mankato run the gamut from gay-appareled to Grinchy, but in the end, the reason for season is starry-night clear: It’s about making your mother happy. November 28 to December 21. Ordway Center, 345 Washington St., St. Paul, 651-224-4222