The Government Inspector this summer
duCret School of Art in Plainfield and at Metuchen High School.
The performances at duCret will be August 1-4 sponsored by duCret Theater
The performances at Metuchen High School, which are sponsored in part by the Metuchen Arts Council, will be presented August 9 and 11.
The Government Inspector
Dragonfly Multicultural Arts Center, a nonprofit theatre company dedicated to diversity, will present Nikolai Gogol’s classic but rarely-performed comedy
The Government Inspector is considered by many to be Russia’s greatest comedy. Written in 1836, the play’s satirical take on corrupt government is pertinent still today. Gogol pokes fun at the political corruption of Imperial Russia through the figure of a small-town governor. The governor, who happily accepts all sorts of bribes, from fabric to puppies, goes into a panic when word gets to him that an inspector from St. Petersburg is coming to report on his administration.
The town immediately assumes that a young man holed up in the inn is the inspector, and everyone sets to work impressing—and bribing—him. However, when the ersatz inspector is wined and dined, his confusion grows—and he decides to turn the tables on the corrupt town, leading to mistaken identity and farcical implications.
The script has been adapted by Dragonfly Artistic Director Catherine LaMoreaux, who will direct. Anna Paone of Metuchen and New York City is serving as Dramaturg, and Julia Stibich of Metuchen is stage managing.
The show features talents from across New Jersey, including Ryan Miller, Tyechia Smith, and Susan Roberts of Edison. Timothy O’Connor of Plainfield is playing the Governor, and Jordan Marc of Princeton is the mistaken inspector. Jorge Arias and Bryan Rodriguez of Elizabeth play the nearly identical Bobchinsky and Dobchinsky. The cast is rounded out with Samantha Ayers, Whitney Bailey, Marina Mikhalyva, Mark Mooney, Emily Niemeyer, Tess Powell, Partricia Reiners, and Jon Turner.
The play features a talented ensemble, which will give the performances an immersive feeling, as townspeople will interact with the audience before the show and at intermission.
The Government Inspector will be presented at duCret School of Art Thursday through Friday, August 1, 2 and 3 at 8:00 pm and Sun. August 4 at 3:00. It will be presented at Metuchen High School Thursday, August 9 at 8:00 pm and Sunday, August 11 at 3:00 pm. General admission tickets are $18 in advance and $20 at the door. Tickets can be purchased at https://www.dragonflyartsnj.com/purchase-tickets or at the door.
More Information: DragonflyArtsNJ.com
Phone: Dragonfly-908-930-3210, duCret-(908) 757-7171
For Immediate Release
Contact: Catherine LaMoreaux, 908-930-3210
duCret School of Art, (908) 757-7171
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