Funny, frantic and full of frivolity, The Government Inspector by Nikolai Gogol, is a hilarious classic that has had audiences rolling in the aisles since 1836. Considered one of the world's most popular theatrical comedies, it is directed by Nicholas Hanson.
The story unravels in a small rural Russian town where the local officials love to embezzle, cheat, and steal – until news of a surprise visit from a government inspector sends them into a panicked frenzy! A classic case of mistaken identity triggers a hilarious series of events, providing a satirical examination of governments and greed.
A dynamic ensemble of talented actors showcase the depth of skill and talent found within the Department of Theatre and Dramatic Arts.
"University students are often enthusiastic about the chance to play richly comic characters," says Hanson. "The Government Inspector features a cast of 16 animated performers, many of whom are in their final year and eager to showcase the techniques they have been developing through their courses.
"Audiences can expect a frantically-paced piece of theatre with vibrant physical antics and clever verbal humour."
With a set designed by James McDowell and costumes by Leslie Robison-Greene, sparkling visual aspects of the production capture and complement the wit and satire of the script.
"The costumes, set and props not only create the world of the play, but also generate a number of laughs on their own. Audiences won't be able to resist laughing at some of the absurd facial hair or decorating touches inside the main character's house," adds Hanson.
The Government Inspector plays Oct. 18-22 at 8 p.m., nightly in the University Theatre.
Tickets to The Government Inspector are $15 regular, $10 for seniors/students, and are available at the University Box Office (open Monday to Friday, 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.), or by calling 403-329-2616.