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The Government Inspector

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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'). 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.

Member Reviews (281)


Funny, Entertaining, Great acting, Delightful, Clever
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During previews
Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Quirky, Delightful

See it if you enjoy comedy and some funny performances.

Don't see it if you want to see a drama.

During previews
Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Enchanting

See it if You want to have a great time seeing an uproarious play with an extraordinary cast. Michael Urie was fabulous as was the supporting cast.

Don't see it if You have no sense of humor or prefer more somber theater

During previews
Delightful, Entertaining, Funny

See it if You like farce, physical comedy and some zingers about contemporary society delivered straight from Old Russia at the time of the Czar

Don't see it if A silly, farcical tale of government corruption cuts too close to reality for you

Also I loved the high energy of the great cast, the bright colors and light... Read more Read less

During previews
Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Great acting, Hilarious

See it if You'd like to see a 180-year-old Gogol play brought to life by a strong adaptation and great comic acting by Michael Urie and his castmates.

Don't see it if You don't like the manic energy of a farce; you only like more experimental work; you prefer your Gogol non-contemporized.

Also My companion and I sat in the front row on the side, and I don't think... Read more Read less

During previews
Delightful, Funny, Great acting, Hilarious, Refreshing

See it if You enjoy political satire and like to laugh. These actors are at the top of their game!

Don't see it if You dislike humor. Aren't a fan of farce

During previews
Funny, Great acting, Quirky

See it if you like a good comedy of errors or find Michael Urie funny.

Don't see it if you can't get a fun group to go. The show needs some audience energy to feed it. It feels a bit reserved somehow.

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 stag...
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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 t...
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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...
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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 hang...
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