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Main Street Community Theatre Presents “The Government Inspector”

By Staff | Nov 24, 2009

THE GOVERNMENT INSPECTOR opens Friday, Nov. 27, on the Main Street stage. When locals in a small Russian town learn that an undercover Government Inspector is coming for a surprise visit, an unfortunate case of mistaken identity sends the village spiraling into a world of panic and greed. Gathering at the Mayor’s home, townspeople are aghast at the news. Pictured (from the left) are the Constable (Peter Ringlaben), the Mayor’s wife (Jean Eichmeier), Mayor (Brent McAllister), the School Principal (Andy Stolley), Bobchinsky (Mark Williams) and the Judge (Kirk Haack). Show dates are Friday and Saturday, Nov. 27 and 28 at 8 p.m.; Sunday, Nov. 29 at 2 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, Dec. 4 and 5 at 8 p.m.; and Sunday, Dec. 6, at 2 p.m. --Jane Whitmore photo

A flurry of activity erupts in a small Russian town when they learn that an undercover Government Inspector will be making a surprise visit. Panic and greed, corruption and bribes become rampant throughout the town.

Emmetsburg Main Street Community Theatre is staging this comedy, beginning this weekend.

“I saw ‘The Government Inspector’ at the guthrie and hought it was one of the funniest plays I’v ever seen. I knew our audiences would enjoy it,” said Jackie VanOosbree, director. “We are excited because Main Street will b eone of the firs to perform this new adaptation.”

When locals in the small Russian town learn of the undercover Government Inspector’s visit, panic ensues. An unfortunate case of mistaken identity adds to the panic.

Fearing that the visit from the Government Inspector will expose the extent of the town’s corruption, the Mayor and other local government officials set off in a flurryof activity tocover up their various misdeeds. Two gossiping local landowners fuel the town’s frenzy when they ddiscover that a stranger from the city has already been staying at the local inn for a week.

Across town, a lowly and impoverished young civil servant fights with the inn keeper’s wife and the waitress over his mounting bills, as the Mayor arrives to officially welcome him, who he mistakenly assumes is the Government Inspector.

Bribes fly as teh corrupt officials literally fall over themselves to offer fiss full of money to the unsuspecting commoner. Shocked by his newfound wealth, and deciding to make the m ost of thw town’s misconception, the commoner begins weaving elaborae tales of his life as a highi-ranking government official, with the help of his seedy valet.

Emmetsburg Main Street Community Theatre’s performances of “The Government Inspector” begin this weekend. Show dates and times are Friday and Saturday, Nov. 27 and 28 at 8 p.m.; Sunday, Nov. 29 at 2 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, Dec. 4 and 5 at 8 p.m.; and Sunday, Dec. 6, at 2 p.m.

Call the Main Street Box Office for reserved seating at 712-852-3485. The Box Office is open one hour prior to each performance.

The dinges-VanOosbree Performance is located on 19th Street, between Lake and Palmer, in Emmetsburg.