The experience of the play, The Norwegians, started before I entered the auditorium. Before the play started, I noticed a group of about 5 to 7 people, myself included, were confused as to where to go. They were waiting up the stairs by the main auditorium because that’s where everyone assumed the play was going to be at. A lady ended up calling someone that was already in the theater to see if we were in the right place. We weren’t. It turned out that there was a staging area downstairs which is where the play would be put on. I don’t know whether it wasn’t marked correctly as to where to go, but there was definitely some confusion. People who do not go to the Performing Arts Center often or aren’t on campus don’t really know the differences between the stages there, so that caused some confusion.
I was surprised to see the staging arena only filled up halfway. I was expecting it to be filled to max capacity. With it only being filled halfway, made it more dramatic when the characters would stop and stare at the audience members.
I would definitely recommend The Norwegians as a must see! It was absolutely hilarious and the actors did an amazing job. The people playing the characters fit them perfectly. Betty was personally my favorite character because of her snarkiness and her use of swear words. She really brought the message of the play together. Torss’ thoughts, combined with the dramatic pauses with the purple lights, really captured the suspenseful moments they were trying to convey to the audience. Olive and Gus were both dramatic in their own sense because they both knew what they wanted to do with their past relationships.
The plot of the play is well-known throughout it, so there was no confusion as to what the play was about. I do think that Olive second guessing her choice about hiring the hitmen to do their job was unexpected. Throughout the play I thought she was going to be so happy with the end result! I did feel like after the hit men did their job, the conclusion was sort of elongated and I wasn’t sure what was going on. The whole play was really tied in well together, but I think that long break between the hitmen’s job and the end put a strain on the true meaning and overall message of the play. I know that was my biggest concern because I had no idea what it was about when I came in to watch it. I sometimes have a hard time figuring out what a play or movie is about if I have never seen it, but I did not have a problem with this one!
There was quite an amount of swearing, so it is not appropriate for children, especially since it is about wanting to hire hitmen to take out a character’s ex. I do give them credit for all the props that were used. Those were well prepared and the big state of Minnesota was a hilarious element to the background.
Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed the play because it was well-rehearsed and the people playing the characters consumed their roles and did an amazing job.