The Theater: Satirical Slavs

THE GOVERNMENT INSPECTOR by NIKOLAI GOGOL

A fully developed bureaucracy is the most ludicrous form of tyranny. Petty, self-important and stupid men, who in themselves amount to nothing, become bloated with their functions and turn authority into farce. This is the central aspect of Gogol's 140-year-old surrealistic satire The Government Inspector.

The play proves to be a very happy choice for the launching of an ambitious new regional theater, the Hartman Theater Company in Stamford, Conn. The troupe is housed in a handsome reconverted movie house, which may be a portent of an increasingly...

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