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Blinn’s First Theater Season in Bryan wraps with “Inspector”

Bawdy, clever staged reading based in Russia promises laughs

Blinn's Fine Arts Division - Bryan Campus Theater Department presents its final production of 2011 with a staged reading of “The Government Inspector” at 7:30 p.m. April 29 in the in the Barbara Pearson Banquet Room, Building E Student Center (map). The production is free and open to the public. 

Adapted by Jeffrey Hatcher from the original play by Nikolai Gogol, the production promises a satirical romp around an unfortunate case of mistaken identity that sends a whole Russian village spiraling into a world of panic and greed. The staged reading is a frills-free presentation that highlights the play’s script without added sets or costumes.

“Inspector” centers on locals in a small Russian hamlet who learn that an undercover government inspector is coming for a surprise visit. A classic case of mistaken identity sends the whole village spiraling into a world of panic and greed. 

The production is directed by Theater Instructor Greg Wise and features Blinn history major Greg Iltis, of Bulverde, Texas, as Hlestakov, the bumbling, arrogant womanizer whom the whole town has mistaken as the official “Inspector.”

“The play is an absolute riot,” Wise said. “Bawdy and silly at times, it's hard to believe that 19th century Russia could ever have been this funny. Hatcher has adapted the play so well, giving us a first-rate farce, with deft and clever writing, the characters resound with modern flair, rather than old-fashioned sensibilities. It's a bit Monty Python, a bit Three Stooges and a smidge of James Bond.”