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Shakespeare Theater Company The Government Inspector

By • Sep 29th, 2012 • Category: Reviews, Washington DC
The Government Inspector
Shakespeare Theater Company
Lansburgh Theatre, Washington DC
Through October 6th
2:00 with intermission
$63-$100 (plus fees)
Reviewed September 23rd, 2012

The Shakespeare Theatre presents The Government Inspector by Nikolai Gogol and Adapted by Jeffrey Hatcher at the Lansburgh Theatre. This is “… the first Russian play to grace the Company’s stages.” And a fabulous production it is too.

This satire of “…corruption and self-deception” is written about at length at the STC Asides blog in Putting Russia On Stage: Gogol’s National Comedy. It is encouraged that you read about the history of the play and times of this play’s origins.

To begin is the direction by Shakespeare Theatre Company’s Artistic Director Michael Kahn. He has cast this show with many STC members and Affiliate Artists. This seasoned cast performs Mr. Kahn’s vision with enormous energy and aplomb. A true joy to listen, watch and laugh.

Costume Designer Murell Horton created costumes that will remind you of the animated home of Dr. Suess’s Whoville in “Horton Hears a Who.” They were brilliant in color and fantastic in aplomb, adding to the satirical play.

This stellar cast will give you the kind of performance we all have become accustomed to here at the Shakespeare Theatre Company, as in most Michael Kahn’s productions they do not disappoint. The comic genius of Derek Smith playing the role of Ivan Alexandreyevich Hlestakov carries the show along with the equally talented acting prowess of Rick Foucheux playing The Mayor, Anton Antonovich. Both are a pleasure to enjoy.

You will also love the enormous talents of Nancy Robinette in the role of Anna Andreyevna, The Mayor’s Wife. Claire Brownell was riveting in her hilarious portrayal of Marya Antonovna, The Mayor’s Daughter. Following in this cast are the usually expert comic talents of Floyd King playing The Postmaster, David Sabin as The Judge, Craig Wallace as The School Principle, Lawrence Redmond as The Hospital Director and Harry A. Winter with Hugh Nees portraying the twin like Dobchinsky & Bobchinsky respectively. Also the very funny Tom Story is The Doctor.

Far from the usual offerings at The Shakespeare Company, Mr. Kahn’s The Government Inspector has given us a very light-hearted and very comical outing. You will love this show.

Photo Gallery

Lawrence Redmond as the Hospital Director and Rick Foucheux as the Mayor Hugh Nees as Bobchinsky and Harry A. Winter as Dobchinsky
Lawrence Redmond as the Hospital Director and Rick Foucheux as the Mayor
Hugh Nees as Bobchinsky and Harry A. Winter as Dobchinsky
Liam Craig as Osip and Derek Smith as Hlestakov The cast
Liam Craig as Osip and Derek Smith as Hlestakov
The cast

Photos by Scott Suchman


  • Pentelaeyev/Imperial Messenger: Travis Blumer
  • Marya: Claire Brownell
  • Osip: Liam Craig
  • Mayor: Rick Foucheux
  • Postmaster: Floyd King
  • Grusha/Innkeeper’s Wife/Corporal’s Widow: Sarah Marshall
  • Bobchinsky: Hugh Nees
  • Hospital Director/Chernyaeyev: Lawrence Redmond
  • Anna: Nancy Robinette
  • Judge: David Sabin
  • Hlestakov: Derek Smith
  • Doctor: Tom Story
  • School Principal/Abdullin: Craig Wallace
  • Dobchinsky: Harry A. Winter

Direction and Design

  • Adapter: Jeffrey Hatcher
  • Director: Michael Kahn
  • Set Designer: James Noone
  • Costume Designer: Murell Horton
  • Lighting Designer: Philip S. Rosenberg
  • Composer: Adam Wernick
  • Sound Designer: Veronika Vorel
  • Casting: Binder Casting; Jay Binder, CSA/Jack Bowdan, CSA
  • Resident Casting Director: Daniel Neville-Rehbehn
  • Voice and Text Coach: Ellen O’Brien
  • Literary Associate: Drew Lichtenberg
  • Associate Director: Gus Heagerty
  • Wig Designer: Anne Nesmith
  • Production Stage Manager: Joseph Smelser
  • Stage Manager: Claire E. Zawa
  • Assistant Stage Manager: Elizabeth Clewley

Disclaimer: Shakespeare Theater Company provided two complimentary media tickets to ShowBizRadio for this review.

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