REVIEW ROUNDUP: “The Government Inspector” Opened with a ShowScore of 82

Show-Score | Jun 2, 2017
“The Government Inspector,” adapted from Nikolai Gogol by Jeffrey Hatcher and directed by Jesse Berger, opened on June  1, 2017 in New York City. “The Government Inspector,” adapted from Nikolai Gogol by Jeffrey Hatcher and directed by Jesse Berger, opened on June 1, 2017 in New York City.


12 critics reviewed the show, resulting in a weighted average of 86.

Ben Brantley
The New York Times
ShowScore: 90
"The pleasures afforded by this breakneck show are as old as the days when cave dwellers discovered that human stupidity was really kind of funny, as well as potentially tragic...This dumb-and-dumber scale of values could easily lend itself to the broadest kind of mugging. But Mr. Berger has staged his 'Government Inspector' with a subversive straightforwardness...All the performances are dead serious in their ridiculousness, capturing the big egos beneath the small-town madness."
Zachary Stewart
ShowScore: 85
"An irreverent and highly watchable adaptation...The cast is full of great comedians...Director Jesse Berger creates this atmosphere of lunacy through a surprisingly compelling mixture of slapstick comedy and operatic design...Even if the staging is occasionally bungled, you won't want to miss a moment of this zippy two-hour production, which is full of laughs from beginning to end thanks to the unwavering commitment of the cast."
Adam Feldman
Time Out New York
ShowScore: 85
"Humor is doled out generously in Red Bull Theater’s diverting production of Nikolai Gogol’s 1836 satire, zippily adapted by Jeffrey Hatcher...Distler’s bilevel set evokes a cartoon in the Sunday funny papers, and Jesse Berger’s talented cast of 14 commits hard to fill out its panels...Although the play’s lampoon of corruption is wide-ranging, it is tempered by the jovial spirit of farce, which feels like a mercy. There’s a lot to be said for shouting, but sometimes you just need to laugh."

“The Government Inspector” was also reviewed by Philip Dorian of Scene on Stage, Howard Miller of Talkin' Broadway, Brian Scott Lipton of CitiTour, Robert Sholiton of Bob's Theater Blog, Steven Ross of Front Mezz Junkies, Elyse Sommer of CurtainUp, Matt Windman of AM New York, Steven Suskin of The Huffington Post, and Samuel L. Leiter of Broadway Blog.


The show was also reviewed by 101 Show-Score members, whose collective ShowScore is a weighted average of 82.

Top five adjectives describing the show:
Funny, Entertaining, Great acting, Delightful, Great staging

Jacqueline Parker, ShowScore: 96
See it if…"You love Michael Urie, need the same intelligent hilarity he delivered in 'Buyer & Cellar,' or are in need of a gut-busting, smart comedy." 
Don't see it if…"You don't have patience for an occasionally slapstick, farcical show."
PATRICIA 3, ShowScore: 83
See it if…"You enjoy old-fashioned plays with a political message; silly characters, sight gags, intentional over-acting. The message is serious." 
Don't see it if…"You don't like over-the-top characters and events, silliness on stage; you prefer serious drama as the vehicle for political criticism."
John Fred, ShowScore: 95 
See it if…"You want to see a Russian classic comedy done like a Three Stooges-type show, but still get its point across. Michael Urie is a comic genius." 
Don't see it if…"You don't like silly shows with plenty of slapstick."

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