Literary adaptations for the stage are tricky things, with the subtle shadings of literature sometimes bleaching away under the lights (and, as someone once pointed out to me, A Streetcar Named Desire would have probably made for an inferior novel, while it's a total mind-bomb of a drama). Anyone who has spent time reading Arnold Lobel's books for children, and then sees A Year with Frog and Toad, has to admit that it's a perfect marriage (between the book and the show, that is. There's no indication whether Frog and Toad ever plan to tie the knot). It's funny, sweet, and massively entertaining, with music and wit to spare. I once risked my sanity to see it during a daytime performance when the theater was full of schoolchildren (nothing hearty doses of tranquilizers couldn't cure), but this year's version starring Bradley Greenwald and Reed Sigmund should hold the attention of the most jaded viewers. Call 612.874.0400 for show times and reservations.
Thursdays-Sundays. Starts: Nov. 15. Continues through Jan. 5, 2007