March 12, 2014 - 2:14 PM
The Okanagan College Red Dot Players are presenting a timely historical offering with playwright Jeffrey Hatcher’s sharp-edged adaptation of Nikolai Gogol’s The Government Inspector at the Kelowna campus, March 13 to 16. The entertaining take on incompetence, ignorance and greed in a small Russian town is a hilarious comedy of errors and a biting commentary on the nature of corruption, as relevant today as when it was first written.
With witty dialogue and a fast-paced storyline, the play follows the antics of shady officials who mistake an insignificant clerk for a government inspector sent by the Tsar to spy on them. Anxious to avoid the wrath of the Tsar, the officials flatter and bribe the clerk, who decides to take the officials for all they are worth.
“All the actors are bringing a tremendous amount of comic energy to the production,” said artistic director and Okanagan College English professor, Jeremy Beaulne. “The play contains some wonderfully silly, absurdist humour along with a very pointed satirical depiction of corruption.”
“It’s one of the largest shows I’ve ever directed – with a talented cast of 22 people, including students, faculty, alumni and members of the community. Some have been acting for years; others have never been on a stage before.”
Performances take place at 7:30 p.m. on March 13, 14, and 15. There will be a matinee performance at 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 16.
Tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for students/seniors, and are available at Mosaic Books, the Okanagan College Campus Store, and at the door.
The Red Dot Players are an Okanagan College theatre club based on the Kelowna campus, with a mission to produce plays that entertain, challenge and educate audiences. The Government Inspector is the Red Dot Players’ fourth annual production. Previous shows include The Beaux' Stratagem by George Farquhar, Blithe Spirit by Noël Coward, and Les Belles-Soeurs by Michel Tremblay.
“I’ve been very fortunate to collaborate with a core team of Okanagan College colleagues on all four of the productions I’ve directed for the Red Dot Players,” said Beaulne. “We receive a lot of support from Okanagan College, which encourages us to mount a production each year.”
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