Guthrie's Government Inspector: worth bribing someone to get in

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If you've ever lambasted bureaucracy, experienced hubris or decried corruption, tovarisch,, I'm telling you, don't miss this one.

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We've already reviewed The Government Inspector, the Nikolai Gogol play being offered at the Guthrie through Aug. 24. Our own Quinton Skinner declared it a "first-rate farce," and so it is. Set in rural Russia, the show lampoons sleazy government dealings through that time-honored tradition, the comedy of misidentification.

You'd think that a 19th century Russian work would be dated, but sloth and greed are universal topics. The adaptation is clever, the writing funny, and the lively show fast-paced.

With a fine ensemble cast, there are subtle pleasures to be found for each individual viewer -- Maggie Chestovich as the mayor's sullen, explosive daughter is mine -- but there's plenty to like, and not a weak point to be found.


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