The Government Inspector
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The Government Inspector
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The Government Inspector NYC Reviews and Tickets

83%
(280 Ratings)
Positive
91%
Mixed
8%
Negative
1%
Members say
Funny, Entertaining, Great acting, Delightful, Clever

About the Show

Red Bull Theater presents an adaptation of Nikolai Gogol’s deeply silly satire of small-town corruption. A riotous portrait of rampaging self-delusion starring Michael Urie ('Buyer & Cellar,' 'Ugly Betty').

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Show-Score Member Reviews (280)

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185 Reviews | 25 Followers
100
Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Great staging, Must see

See it if you want a good laugh

Don't see it if you do not like farce

118 Reviews | 23 Followers
100
Entertaining, Great acting, Masterful, Hilarious, Refreshing

See it if You want to laugh and laugh and laugh. While enjoying a political satire. While seeing the BEST comedic acting, staging, writing in NY. Wow.

Don't see it if You want to stay home and be unhappy.

102 Reviews | 20 Followers
100
Clever, Funny, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing

See it if you want a non-stop laugh riot of two hours. Michael Urie is phenomenal, he can do no wrong. Totally great.

Don't see it if ... I can think of no reason not to see this...go!

110 Reviews | 11 Followers
97
Hilarious, Quirky, Great acting, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if You like silly slapstick theater and appreciate comic genius acting.

Don't see it if you prefer straight shows Read more

122 Reviews | 16 Followers
96
Clever, Delightful, Enchanting, Dizzying, Hilarious

See it if You enjoy tour-de force comic acting, nonstop silliness, physical comedy and a great ensemble that is better than the material.

Don't see it if You want a faithful version of the classic or had slap stick and Monty Python type humor.

366 Reviews | 77 Followers
96
Hilarious, Inventive set, Masterful, Must see, Superb direction

See it if You love Urie, need the same intelligent hilarity he delivered in Buyer and Cellar, or are in need of a gut-busting, smart comedy.

Don't see it if You don't have patience for the occasional slapstick farcical show.

200 Reviews | 41 Followers
95
Clever, Delightful, Funny, Great acting, Hilarious

See it if This great casts of misfits is headed by Michael Urie, or heir to Nathan Lane's throne. This timely play about politics is a must see.

Don't see it if If you don't like a very funny play about small town corruption, this ain't your show.

133 Reviews | 36 Followers
95
Hilarious, Masterful, Great staging, Great writing

See it if You want intelligent, non-stop comedy performed by masters. The Marx Brothers would be at home here! Timeless laughs.

Don't see it if "We were a cultured family. We had a book, and my father whistled." Didn't laugh? Then don't go.

Critic Reviews (47)

The New York Times
June 1st, 2017

"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."
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Time Out New York
June 1st, 2017

"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."
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The Washington Post
August 2nd, 2017

“Urie is a sterling stage clown and graceful physical comedian, an actor with the ineffable ability to keep us tantalized about what comes next…Urie is the hub of director Jesse Berger’s crackerjack revival, but what makes the production so memorable is that his performance is exquisitely matched to those of a slew of other well-cast jokesters…Any of the leaden possibilities of Gogol are safely airlifted out courtesy of Hatcher’s buoyant script and a cadre of funny people.”
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AM New York
June 1st, 2017

"A big, brash and buoyant Off-Broadway revival...This is a high-energy, fast-paced production with gleefully over-the-top performances and door-slamming slapstick comedy. In one inspired gag, Urie (in a drunken stupor) stumbles off the elaborate two-story set (designed by Alexis Distler) and hangs on for dear life. Hatcher builds upon the play’s plotting with his own one-liners and sly winks to the audience."
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Theatermania
June 1st, 2017

"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."
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BroadwayWorld
June 5th, 2017

"A gloriously silly mounting...Jesse Berger loads up the evening with terrific sight gags and wacky antics performed by a top-shelf cast...McGrath lays out a full arsenal of double takes, verbal timing and physical bits to give a master class on playing bellowing authority figures...Urie's physical shtick as the character gets more and more inebriated is matched in hilarity by the way the desperate town officials continue to treat him with reverence."
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Lighting & Sound America
June 5th, 2017

"The good news is that Berger has rounded up a gaggle of first-class clowns and set them loose to play...Urie does double duty here as the production's motor, driving the increasingly frantic action while also earning plenty of laughs. He is an inspired choice...With each scene functioning as its own complete sketch and each line primed for comic blood, the action becomes a bit wearying. A more organically conceived production would, I think, have a stronger sense of progression."
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Talkin' Broadway
June 1st, 2017

"Where other productions of the play generally have invited us to appreciate its satire through the writer's cleverness and wit, everything here is thoroughly and unabashedly soaked in slapstick, farce, and low comedy...A marvelous romp of a production, which boasts richly comical performances by its wild and woolly cast. If you are in the mood for good, silly fun, 'The Government Inspector' will more than fill the bill."
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