THE GOVERNMENT INSPECTOR
by Nikolai Gogol
adapted by Jeffrey Hatcher
directed by Jesse Berger
starring Michael Urie
Red Bull Theater at the Duke, 229 West 42nd Street. May 16, 2017 - June 24, 2017
Then The Government Inspector moves to New World Stages, July 5 to August 20.
All politics are local. Gogol’s deeply silly satire of small-town corruption offers a riotous portrait of rampaging self-delusion. When the crooked leadership of a provincial village discovers that an undercover inspector is coming to root out their commonplace corruption, the town weaves a web of bribery, lies, and utter madness. This New York premiere of acclaimed playwright Jeffrey Hatcher’s (Stage Beauty) adaptation offers a hilarious reminder of the terrifying timelessness of bureaucracy and buffoonery.
The inimitable Michael Urie (Buyer & Cellar, Ugly Betty) leads the all-star cast including Mary Testa (two Tony Award nominations, five Drama Desk nominations, Drama Desk Special Award for “consistently outstanding work”), Arnie Burton (Peter & the Starcatcher, 39 Steps), Stephen DeRosa (“Boardwalk Empire,” Into the Woods), and Michael McGrath (Tony and Drama Desk Awards for Nice Work If You Can Get It and Tony and Drama Desk nominations for Spamalot). They will be joined by Bruce Dow,Ryan Garbayo, Kelly Hutchinson, David Manis, Ben Mehl, Talene Monahon, Luis Moreno, James Rana, and Mary Lou Rosato.
Jeffrey Hatcher's adaption of THE GOVERNMENT INSPECTOR is availalbe for $9.95 (acting edition from Dramatists Play Service.)