December 1, 2000.By Gradyon Royce, Star Tribune.

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Just think of all the precious moments ahead that you’ll spend in giddy bliss with your treasured loved ones. Of course, should you ever open you private holiday practices to the gaze of others, you might discover the truth: One family’s traditions are another’s perversions. Theater Latté Da explores the kitsch and nostalgia of the season with “A Christmas Carole Petersen.” The sequel to “Oh S#!%, I’m Turning Into My Mother,” Tod Petersen’s campy musical waltz strings lights on his family’s memories and rituals, focusing on his mother, Carole. Peter Rothstein stages the work, with musical direction from Anita Ruth and arrangements by Denise Prosek. “It’s part monologue – Tod does standup comedy – and part revue with music form the Andrews Sisters to Elvis to Joni Mitchell,” Rothstein said.