“Minnesota Nice” Makes It Big Off-Broadway

It’s not often that Midwestern charm and cold-weather tolerance stirs the collective consciousness. We’re still riding out Fargo jokes almost 20 years later, after all. But another writer has drawn inspiration from our region to similarly positive reviews—and with a similarly murderous plot.

C. Denby Swanson’s “The Norwegians,” debuting this month off-Broadway, tells the story of Tor and Gus, two (nice!) Scandinavian hit men hired by Minnesota newcomers to bump off their ex-boyfriends. The New York Times’ favorable critique suggests a rollicking good time, if occasionally at the expense of a Minnesotan or two. If our worst fault is breaking out a “cheerful snowsuit” now and then, we say there’s plenty more inspiration to go around.