The hilarious tale of bureaucracy and buffoonery in a small Russian village.
The Government Inspector
Adapted by Jeffrey Hatcher
from the original by Nikolai Gogol
Directed by Allison Narver
Performed at the Center Theatre
October 24, 2017–November 19, 2017
Bureaucratic Buffoonery. When small town officials mistake an inventive clerk for an undercover inspector sent to root out corruption, the whole village flies into a tailspin. A comic web of bribery, lies, and rampaging self-delusion entangles everyone in chaos.
Drain the Swamp? Smart, witty, and hilariously satirical, The Government Inspector is a sly confrontation of scruples in the face of “power.” Everyone is in cahoots on the crooked dealings as panic and greed befuddle the colorful cast of characters.
The Russians Are Coming! Seattle Shakespeare Company’s first foray into Russian comedy. The Government Inspector was the inspiration for the beloved comedy Inspecting Carol created at Seattle Rep in 1991. It’s a play more timely and relevant today than ever.