Playwrights' Center affiliated writer C. Denby Swanson is an Austin (TX not MN) native who's spent time in Minnesota, which is obvious from the many Minnesota and Norwegian references she's stuffed into 90 minutes (including a long monologue about why the Twins haven't been successful in the playoffs since 1991, which is particularly bittersweet after this heart-breaking season #gotwins). The play switches back and forth between two timelines - the present, Olive's initial meeting with Norwegian hit men Tor and Gus, and the very recent past, Olive meeting Betty at a bar and commiserating about their horrible exes and the desire to kill them. But unlike most people after a break-up, Olive and Betty mean that literally. Olive gets the Norwegians' number from Betty, and as the two timelines progress they eventually meet up and come to the surprising, disturbing, ironic conclusion.**
|Olive (Jane Froiland) is interrogated by the Norwegians|
(Luverne Seifert and Avi Aharoni, photo by Rick Spaulding)
|Tor (Luverne Seifert) watches over Betty (Sara Marsh) and|
Olive (Jane Froiland, photo by Rick Spaulding)
The Norwegians continues through January 5 in Dark and Stormy's (very warm - dress in layers) studio space in the Grain Belt Warehouse in Northeast Minneapolis. Tickets are just $15 for those under 30.
*Click here to read about all of the holiday shows I've seen this year.
**Some text borrowed from what I wrote about the show three years ago.