Nikolay Gogol, The Government Inspector (1863) p213-306
I am not a big fan of comedy, and certainly not of farce. Humor is too often no more than a coquette compulsion to please, it is by definition a social function, even if we might have evolved to laugh uncontrollably. Yet, watching the adaptation by Jeffrey Hatcher, I found myself to laugh without self awareness. The book however, is especially clever in the first part, but toward the end it slowly evens out into a cleverly written play without depth or wit.
The Government Inspector
Adapted by Jeffrey Hatcher
From The Government Inspector by Nikolay Gogol
The Duke Theater
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