Minnesota not-so-nice is theme of Off-Off-Broadway's 'Norwegians'


A new production playing Off-Off-Broadway about a pair of Scandinavian hit men in Minnesota has wowed the New York Times.

In a her theater review for the Times, Anita Gates is very impressed with "The Norwegians," which began a limited engagement at the Drilling Company Theater in Lower Manhattan at the beginning of the month.

Written by C. Denby Swanson, Gates described "The Norwegians" as an "extremely odd and delightful comedy" and "something of a guilty pleasure."

Gates says the play ridicules various ethnicities and American states, and calls it a "profane, playfully dark comedy is often hysterical."

Swanson is certainly familiar with Minnesota's ways. According to the playwright's bio, she's had her work commissioned by the Guthrie Theater and is a Core member of The Playwrights Center in Minneapolis.

She's also had her work commissioned by 15 Head Theatre Lab in Minneapolis and Macalester College in St. Paul.

If you're from Minnesota and you want to see the play, you're going to have to act fast -- it ends its run March 30.

The production was slated to end March 24, but was extended by a week, the Drilling Company Theater said on its website.

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