The Government Inspector- Red Bull Theater OFF-BROADWAY REVIEWS

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  • NY TIMES

  • Opening Night:
    June 1, 2017
    Closing:
    June 24, 2017

    Theater: Duke on 42nd Street / 229 West 42nd Street, New York, NY, 10036

    Synopsis: 

    All politics are local. Gogol's deeply silly satire of small-town corruption offers a riotous portrait of rampaging self-destruction. 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.

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  • NEW YORK TIMES REVIEW OF The Government Inspector- Red Bull Theater

    The Government Inspector

    Ben Brantley

    June 1, 2017:

    Oh, the vulgarity, the venality, the small-minded nastiness of those loathsome souls now crowding the stage at the Duke on 42nd Street. But aren’t they delicious, every last rotten one of them?

    There’s not a single person to root for in the Red Bull Theater’s production of “The Government Inspector,” Nikolai Gogol’s rollicking 19th-century satire of bad behavior in the Russian provinces. Yet the buoyant production that opened on Thursday night generates the kind of collective enthusiasm in its audience that you associate with home-team football games.

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