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Salgado 1 Gabriell Salgado Professor Jeff Quinn Theater History II 20 March 2018 The Government Inspector The Government Inspector is a satirical play by the Russian and Ukrainian dramatist and novelist Nikolai Gogol . The play is a comedy of errors that comments on human greed, stupidity, and the political corruption of Imperial Russia at the time it was written. This play was written in 1835 and it published in 1842. The comedy is divided into 5 acts. The plot is set in a small provincial Russian town in in the first half of 19th century, and the theme is identity swap. The mayor has been tipped off about the imminent arrival of an inspector from St. Petersburg. He conspires with the local judge, school principal, and hospital director to cover up their governance until the official leaves. They figure that if worse comes to worst, a bribe will save their secretly failing village. Unfortunately for them, the man they mistake for this visiting dignitary is Ivan Alexandreyevich Hlestakov, a low-level clerk. He's just about to be thrown out of the local inn for running up a large unpaid bill when the mayor swoops in and offers to take care of it. All this confusion causes funny scenes, anecdotes, unexpected events and misunderstandings. The motto of the comedy is taken from an old saying that the mirror should not be scolded if the face is ugly. The author wanted to show the ugliness of Russia in a mirror.
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Salgado 2 “The Government Inspector” is a social and a moral satire that laughs out the human nature and the social conditions of Russia at that time. The author observed a wide scale of negative social behavior and characteristics. This work is, because of its plot and many twists, recognized and appreciated in the world’s literature. I will be discussing three notable productions of the show within the past ten years. In 2011, London's Young Vic Theatre presented a new version adapted by David Harrower , directed by Richard Jones , starring Julian Barratt , Doon Mackichan and Kyle Soller . In June of 2017, The Red Bull Theater presented a version adapted by Jeffrey Hatcher and directed by Jesse Berger. And finally, in October of 2017, The Seattle Shakespeare Company presented the same version of the script as in June of 2017, adapted by Jeffrey Hatcher and directed by Allison Narver. These three productions stay true to the intensions of the playwright while exploring different aspects and standing out in different ways. T here are, broadly speaking, two possible approaches to Gogol's classic comedy; treat it as a realistic satire on provincial corruption or as a wild fantasy. From directing, to stylization, to set design, to costumes, all the way to the nationalities of the actors themselves, these three productions are comparable and extremely different simultaneously.
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