Fairfield University's Quick Center presents reading of Nikolai Gogol's "The Inspector General"


Nikolai Gogol's comedy "The Inspector General" will finish the series of dramatic readings of Russian plays at Fairfield University's Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts on Thursday, April 15, at 7:30 p.m.

Written in 1835, "The Inspector General" is a rollicking comedy of errors in which a provincial society mistakes an insignificant nitwit for an important official. The play, including two courtships, wild rumors, bribes and hilarious repetition, is classic Gogol, showing the playwright's flair for tricky word-play at the young age of just 24. While the first audiences weren't sure whether they were watching a farce, a satire or a libelous look at well-known individuals, "The Inspector General" went on to be the most-produced play on the Russian stage well into the Soviet era.

It's no wonder Russian master novelist Vladimir Nabokov once dubbed it "the greatest play ever written in Russian (and never surpassed since)."

Tickets are $7. For tickets, call the Quick Center box office at (203) 254-4010 or toll free at 1-877-ARTS-396. For more information, visit the website www.quickcenter.com. Media inquiries should be made to Dana Ambrosini, Fairfield University's assistant director of media relations, at (203) 254-4000, ext. 2726.

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Media Contact: Nancy Habetz, (203) 254-4000, ext. 2647, nhabetz@fairfield.edu

Posted on March 17, 2004

Vol. 36, No. 227