|Sara Marsh and Jane Froiland (photo by Melissa Hesse)|
I love the way The Norwegians plays with time in a way that keeps the audience on our toes, but isn't confusing. The time shifts don't feel like a gimmick, but rather are an efficient and interesting way to tell the story. And of course there are plenty of Minnesota and Norwegian references; I lost count of how many times Tor says "uff-da," or claims that the Norwegians did everything first and better. I brought my Norwegian teacher friend along in case any translation was needed, but it wasn't. The humor plays to non-Norwegians just as well.
|Luverne Seifert, James Rodriguez, and Jane Froiland|
(photo by Melissa Hesse)
The Norwegians continues through December 30. The small space fills up fast, so get your tickets in advance to see this very funny, very Minnesotan, very well done play.
*If you don't know about the Playwrights' Center, you really should. It's because of them that theaters here and around the country have such great new plays to choose from! Read about my recent experience at PWC here.