The plot of Government Inspector is a classic case of mistaken identity.
When a young civil servant is mistaken for a high-ranking government inspector in a small town in Czarist Russia, fear ensues when the town’s governor and government officials clamour over the consequences of their wrongful actions. Though the satirical play by Russian and Ukrainian dramatist and novelist, Nikolai Gogol, originally premièred to mixed reviews because of the slanderous ridicule of the Russian government, it was Emperor Nicholas I that enjoyed it the most and encouraged continued performances. Now 150 years later, Government Inspector’s comedic approach to the themes of self-deception and lawlessness is as powerful today as it was when it was first produced.
Ron Jenkins went with the David Harrower adaptation of Government Inspector, and he and designer Colin Winslow have created a timely political satire full of bright colours and off-the-wall characters. Hear Ron and Colin talk about their ideas behind the set and costume design in this production of Government Inspector.
We asked actors; Jacob Holloway, Jaimi Reese and Sarah J. Culkin how the set and costume designs influenced their performances.
Ron and Colin get into more detail on how directors and designers work together in theatre.
Now that you’ve heard more about the process of putting a play together, Jacob, Jaimi and Sarah think you should go see one!
The theatre experience is different every single time because YOU are in the audience.
Just think of how much funnier this will be when you are watching it surrounded by your friends who will also be laughing.
Government Inspector runs each evening at 7:30 p.m. February 9 – 18, 2017 in the Timms Centre for the Arts (87 Avenue & 112 Street). For the full creative team, show dates and ticket details, see www.ualberta.ca/arts/shows/theatre-listings/government-inspector
Presenter: U of A Studio Theatre
Event Title: Government Inspector
Dates: February 9 – 18, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.
Matinee Thursday, February 16 at 12:30 p.m.
Venue: Timms Centre for the Arts, University of Alberta
Single show tickets: $12 student, $25 adult, $22 senior, available online and at the Timms Centre box office one hour before each performance.