The Government Inspector (Hatcher) (Reduced Version)
(Included in the volume THE GOVERNMENT INSPECTOR (HATCHER) (REDUCED VERSION) AVAILABLE IN PHOTOCOPIED MANUSCRIPT.))
THE STORY: When the locals in a small Russian hamlet learn that an undercover government inspector is coming for a surprise visit, an unfortunate case of mistaken identity sends the whole village spiraling into a world of panic and greed. Witty, smart and wildly satirical, this timely and spirited adaptation of Nikolai Gogol's classic play exposes the corruption of a provincial town with biting hilarity.
"…a comedy of galumphing, harrumphing hilarity. One part farce, one part slapstick, with a dash of musical theater, this naughty, frothy play is wholly entertaining…[A] clever, fearless script…[The] characters feel contemporary in a show where official ignorance and incompetence are compounded by corruption and hubris." —Star Tribune (Minneapolis, MN). "A first-rate farce…Hatcher is an inspired choice to take a fresh run at this material, not least because his writing is so consistently deft and funny, swinging wildly in tone from one line to the next…a mountain of firecracker witticisms." —CityPages.com.