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'). More…
All politics are local. 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. Playwright Jeffrey Hatcher’s adaptation offers a reminder of the terrifying timelessness of bureaucracy and buffoonery.
See it if Light funny satire of the town leaders when the gov't inspector comes. Good acting and some hilarious moments.
Don't see it if You are looking for something deeper, more dramatic, intellectual or moving.
See it if you want to see Michael Urie & a very talented cast pull off an expertly timed farce that feels fresh, despite the play's nearly 200yo age.
Don't see it if you aren't in the mood for some unfettered fun.
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.
See it if Great cast of comedic actors with Urie being quite adorable. The plot is good, non stop shenanigans and many laugh out loud moments.
Don't see it if Though I very much enjoyed the first act, the second was a little draggy and slow. Sometimes too much of a good thing can get tiresome.
See it if you like classic plays updated.This is hilarious, very relevant, funny as homemade sin.Acting is superlative.Urie,McGarth &Burton are GREAT
Don't see it if you are looking for a dark drama or a musical. But if you like good plays, terrific translations, great acting and a fun show, then go!
See it if you think flatterers and drunks are hilarious.
Don't see it if formulaic comedies annoy you. Outlandish coincidences, stock characters, malapropisms, or slapstick leave you unimpressed.
See it if You are in need of a laugh; non-stop physical comedy that provides a clever and entertaining experience; fantastic cast that are 100% on
Don't see it if You dislike physical comedies - it was borderline a little much for me but was well acted; want a serious or resonant theatre experience
See it if you want to see a perfectly silly, very funny lampoon of government hypocrisy acted by an inspired cast led by Urie, McGrath & Burton.
Don't see it if you aren't into silliness no matter how well done.
See it if you appreciate the versatility of Michael Urie, the impeccable comic timing of Testa and McGrath, & the jokester-of-all trades Arnie Burton.
Don't see it if require gravitas in theater or hate frivolous fun in general. This leaves no lasting impression other than that you had a really good time.
See it if you want a high energy satire of political corruption, non-stop laughter, physical comedy; you love Michael Urie, Arnie Burton, Mary Testa
Don't see it if you don't like physical comedy or silliness; you want something intellectual or intense
See it if you prefer your (semi-dated, semi-still-relevant) social commentary served up slapstick and screwball style, with a Russian influence.
Don't see it if you dislike humorous, sometimes-silly, physical comedies; require more modernized, edgy works; dislike works like The Play that Goes Wrong.
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.
See it if you want to see a brilliant cast especially the fantastic Michael Urie perform an updated Russian classic to perfection with perfect timing,
Don't see it if you don't enjoy updated Russian classic plays that are still so relevant to today's government situations.
See it if A good old fashioned "mistaken identity" comedy that gets everything right! Fun ensemble, clearly enjoying themselves - lots of laughs!
Don't see it if you can't bear any politics in your entertainment these days, even from 19th century Russia.
See it if you enjoy veryyyy over-the-top farcical shows. Think Monty Python. Also good for Michael Urie fans.
Don't see it if can't take slapstick humor for too long.
See it if You like your satire over the top. It has some good acting, and we all enjoy disliking authority, so what's not to like.
Don't see it if You valorize surprise and the unpredictable, of which this is deficient. It is possible to find this tiresome, though clearly, most do not.
See it if you want riotously funny theater with a wonderfully satirical bite. A top-notch adaptation, rib-ticklingly funny, w/stellar performances.
Don't see it if you don't appreciate good satire - spoofing obsequious officials trying hilariously to please who they think is the government inspector.
See it if You want to be entertained by great actors performing a fun, physical farce. Non stop laughter and Michael Urie was amazing.
Don't see it if You are looking for serious theater. This is just fun and silly, but it is really well done.
See it if You want to enjoy a very entertaining play.It is a fun time,with a great cast of actors who really appear to be enjoying themselves.
Don't see it if You don't appreciate silly comedy or prefer more serious drama.
See it if you want to guffaw at the comedic antics of great actors at the top of their game. Urie's drunk scene is just hilarious perfection.
Don't see it if Silly fun is not your thing
See it if want a really fun, entertaining time. The cast is great from top to bottom, the translation is excellent, staging is original. See it.
Don't see it if Have no sense of humor, don't like farce
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