A small Russian town begins to panic when word of a Government Inspector reaches them. All of the important men (yes, men, this is one of the things that doesn't feel quite right in 2019) gather to try to clean things up and be on their best behavior, under the direction of the mayor. At the same time, a lowly clerk from St. Petersburg has run out of money, stranded at the inn, and is mistaken for said Government Inspector. The mayor goes to visit him and offers him money, food, and a place to stay at his house, without really saying why. The clerk of course accepts, and even when he figures out why everyone is being so nice to him, continues to play along. Everyone is handing him money, why wouldn't he? He bets his servant that he can seduce both the mayor's wife and his daughter (another thing that's a little gross at the present moment), and they willingly go along. The mayor eventually finds out he's been swindled, but too late. It's hard to feel sorry for him when the townspeople complain what a horrible politician he is; having his money stolen, while still having to face the actual Inspector, seems fair comeuppance.
|Andrew Newman as "The Government Inspector"|
(photo courtesy of Theatre in the Round)
Set designer Devyn Becker has populated the in-the-round space with a few pieces of elegant period furniture. Costume designer Deb Murphy has dressed the cast in colorful over-the-top period gowns and suits. And kudos to music director and sound designer Warren Sampson for the lovely musical additions.
The Government Inspector continues through March 10.