Saturday, November 10, 2007

The Bell Shakespeare Company

The Government Inspector

A searing, wry take on small town politics, the local council at the centre of The Government Inspector is lazy, inefficient and inept — and horrified at the prospect of being exposed when they learn a government inspector is coming to town. But they mistake a down-at-heel playboy for the incoming official — and the games begin.

A dazzling blend of farcical characters and all-too-real situations, Gogol's masterpiece has lost none of its bite. This unflinching send-up of institutional greed, stupidity and sloth is not to be missed.

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