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‘Inspector’ a pleasant distraction

‘Inspector’ a pleasant distraction
  • On October 20, 2017

By Sarah Barney
A&E Editor

Loud, cheery voices filled the mostly empty Dart Auditorium on Monday, Oct. 16 as actors and actresses stood in a circle on stage and performed their warm-ups.

The production they’re preparing for, “The Government Inspector,” will open Friday, Nov. 3.

“The Government Inspector” was originally published in 1836 in Russia. However, the adaption which will be performed at LCC is a 2008 adaptation by Jeffrey Hatcher.

The premise of the play is this: a corrupt town finds out an inspector from the capital is coming to investigate. After assuming a newcomer is the inspector, they fall over themselves trying to impress him.

“It’s about political corruption and I thought that was timely with the climate,” said Mary Matzke, who directs the play. “But instead of, you know, being mad at each other, how about we find a bit of laughter?”

Matzke, who has directed plays at LCC for 29 years, has also taught a variety of theater classes at LCC. One of those classes was the “Intro to Theatre” class that helped Connor Kelly decide to pursue acting.

Kelly, a theater major at LCC, plays “Ivan Khlestakov,” the mistaken inspector.

“She was the reason I started doing theater and I wanted the opportunity to work with her again,” Kelly explained. “(The play is) funny. It’s not only funny, it’s relevant.

“It shows that the people who run the government are misquoted, idiotic, clumsy; and these (characters) are people you don’t necessarily want to see running a government.”

When asked what she thought audiences could take away from the play, Matzke said:

“We seem to be a culture divided right now. But laughter, at least for two hours, brings us together.”

The play runs Fridays and Saturdays, Nov. 3-4 and 10-11, starting at 8 p.m. There is also a Sunday matinee on Nov. 12 at 2 p.m. General seating is $15. Cost is $10 for senior citizens and LCC staff. Students are admitted for $5 with a valid ID.

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