I highly recommend the terrific publication of the STC, "Asides" which is packed with great information about the playwright , Russia, and other great material. It's available online at www.Asides.ShakespeareTheatre.org.
I happened to meet Derek Smith after the show and found out that he was in the 1992 production on Broadway at the Lyceum Theatre in the role of Bobchinsky. He commented, "I loved the show then...as I do now. Tony Randall played Hlestakov and I thought at that time how much I'd love the chance to play him one day. Randall and Director Michael Langham were very good to me back then. They hired me for two shows at the National Actors' Theatre. They were my first two Broadway shows. I remember it fondly."
Well, Smith got his wish to play Hlestakov and we are all fortunate he did.
You may recall a 1949 musical comedy called "The Inspector General" starring Danny Kaye which is loosely based on Gogol's play. You can even watch the whole film on YouTube.
Do not miss this splendid production of THE GOVERNMENT INSPECTOR at the Shakespeare Theatre Company.
It's always nice to be recognized by the national press. The Shakespeare Theatre Company's production of THE GOVERNMENT INSPECTOR is mentioned in the current issue of "The Week".
For tickets call 202-5547-1122 or visit www.shakespeareTheatre.org.