Inspired Pairing of the Boosh and Gogol Is a Delight

The Evening Standard (London, England), June 10, 2011 | Go to article overview

Inspired Pairing of the Boosh and Gogol Is a Delight


Byline: HENRY HITCHINGS

FIRST NIGHT GOVERNMENT INSPECTOR Young Vic, SE1 HENRY HITCHINGS IF Nikolai Gogol were alive today, I suspect he might be a fan of The Mighty Boosh. Gogol's chaotic humour and verbal daring chime with that surreal comedy act's anarchic, intricate clowning.

So the casting of Boosh founder Julian Barratt in this new version of Gogol's 1836 play The Government Inspector -- which has here lost its "the", as if to suggest something more timeless and indefinite -- is both tantalizing and inspired.

Barratt plays the mayor of a small town described as "beyond the back of beyond". When news arrives that a government inspector is due to visit, he and the other local worthies panic. Their corruption will surely be uncovered unless they do an incredibly good job of papering over the cracks in their rotten little boondocks.

Sure enough, a glamorous newcomer turns up. Everyone assumes he is the inspector. Teetering on the brink of a collective meltdown, the bureaucrats ply him with drink and stuff his pockets with money. The mayor's pretentious wife (Doon Mackichan) and silly daughter are magnetised by him. But there's one snag: he's in fact just a gambling addict who gleefully milks the ensuing largesse.

Director Richard Jones approaches Gogol's appealing satire in a style that's blissfully bizarre and often thrillingly original.

The rest of this article is only available to active members of Questia

Sign up now for a free, 1-day trial and receive full access to:

  • Questia's entire collection
  • Automatic bibliography creation
  • More helpful research tools like notes, citations, and highlights
  • Ad-free environment

Already a member? Log in now.

Notes for this article

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
One moment ...
Project items

Items saved from this article

This article has been saved
Highlights (0)
Some of your highlights are legacy items.

Highlights saved before July 30, 2012 will not be displayed on their respective source pages.

You can easily re-create the highlights by opening the book page or article, selecting the text, and clicking “Highlight.”

Citations (0)
Some of your citations are legacy items.

Any citation created before July 30, 2012 will labeled as a “Cited page.” New citations will be saved as cited passages, pages or articles.

We also added the ability to view new citations from your projects or the book or article where you created them.

Notes (0)
Bookmarks (0)

You have no saved items from this article

Project items include:
  • Saved book/article
  • Highlights
  • Quotes/citations
  • Notes
  • Bookmarks
Notes
Cite this article

Cited article

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

(Einhorn, 1992, p. 25)

(Einhorn 25)

1

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Cited article

Inspired Pairing of the Boosh and Gogol Is a Delight
Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger
Search within

Search within this article

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

Full screen

matching results for page

Cited passage

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn, 1992, p. 25).

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences."1

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Cited passage

Welcome to the new Questia Reader

The Questia Reader has been updated to provide you with an even better online reading experience.  It is now 100% Responsive, which means you can read our books and articles on any sized device you wish.  All of your favorite tools like notes, highlights, and citations are still here, but the way you select text has been updated to be easier to use, especially on touchscreen devices.  Here's how:

1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
2. Click or tap the last word you want to select.

OK, got it!

Thanks for trying Questia!

Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

For full access in an ad-free environment, sign up now for a FREE, 1-day trial.

Already a member? Log in now.