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Main Street Community Theatre Will Stage Comedy “The Government Inspector”

By Staff | Oct 15, 2009

Emmetsburg Main Street Community Theatre has cast its upcoming fall comedy, “The Government Inspector.” A cast of 20 talented actors has started rehearsals for the Nov. 27 opening night.

The case includes: Jared Madsen, Rich Hall, Brent McAllister, Jean Eichmeier, Lisa Karen Hankey, Kirk Haack, Andy Stolley, Dave Waldschmidt, Ron Eichmeier, Orlando Gil, Denise Haack, Donna Mason, Mary Moser, Lori Flynn and John Tomkins. These actors are all veterans of the Main Street stage. Also in the cast are newcomers Amy Riska, Mark Williams, Raquel Ravenhorst, Pete Ringlaben and Greg Haack.

“The Government Inspector” is classic stage literature written by Nikolai Gogol in 1836. The adaptation Main Street is bringing to the stage was written for the 2008 Guthrie Theatre production by Jeffrey Hatcher.

Director Jackie VanOosbree said, “I saw ‘The Government Inspector’ at the Guthrie and thought it was one of the funniest plays I’ve ever seen. I knew I wanted to have Main Street perform it. I knew our audiences would enjoy it. I am also excited that it is such a new show. This adaptation is so new that it is still in manuscript form. Main Street will be one of the first to perform this new adaptation.”

“The Government Inspector” takes place in a remote Russian town – a town that “is in the middle of nowhere.” The characters include the corrupt mayor and his silly, pretentious wife. Their daughter is of marriageable age but they don’t want her to marry “some local idiot with a big forehead.” When a traveler down on his luck is mistaken for the Tsar’s inspector general, the corrupt town officials line up to bribe him and the mayor’s wife and daughter to try to seduce him.

The mayor’s last lines of the play are… “Centuries from now they’ll still be laughing at us. ‘Stupid laughing at themselves provincial nobodies.’ Whom the Gods destroy they first make fun of… Well, those who laugh the most will be.” Gogol’s comedy has stood the test of time and the audience today laugh at the actors and at the same time recognize themselves.

Emmetsburg Main Street Community Theatre will present “The Government Inspector” Nov. 27, 28 and 29, and Dec. 4, 5 and 6.