Gogol satire still relevant
May 14, 2014
Nicolai Gogol’s classic comedy of errors The Government Inspector has recently opened at the Powszechny Theater in Warsaw.
The satire on human greed, stupidity and corruption is set in a small, provincial town. Local dignitaries are horrified one day by the news that an incognito government official will soon be arriving in their town to carry out an inspection. Since each of them has certain misdeeds to their name, they all try to spot the official before it is too late. In their anxiety, they mistake a random man for the government inspector.
The Warsaw adaptation, directed by Igor Gorzkowski, explores the absurd aspects of authority and exposes the phoniness in society and politics. Despite the passage of time, Gogol’s characters are still a mirror of society.
The cast includes talented Polish theater actors including Joanna Żółkowska, Mariusz Benoit and Kazimierz Kaczor. The sets were designed by Honza Polivka and the costumes by Magda D±browska. Piotr Tabakiernik wrote the music for the show.
Upcoming performances: May 17 and 18, 7 p.m.
Zygmunt Hübner Powszechny Theater
20 Jana Zamoyskiego St.