Government Inspector comes to Omaha
September 29th, 2011
Omaha, NE – A government inspector is coming to check out this town – starting by hitting the University of Nebraska Omahaâ€™s theater.
â€œTa-tatâ€¦bud-dapâ€ tap-tapped Dr. Doug Paterson, to the tune of Pop Goes the Weasel. And with one sudden swoop of an out-of-place, high-pitched â€œbud-dap,â€ he explained what makes a story funny.
â€œAnd all of sudden we start to laugh,â€ he said. â€œBecause, the mechanism is in play, weâ€™re beginning to hear what this â€œbud-dapâ€ is going to be all about. Thatâ€™s what a story does. It sets up these surprisesâ€¦that catch us by surprise and we laugh.â€
Paterson is the director of UNOâ€™s latest production, The Government Inspector. Itâ€™s a comedy about human greed and political corruption set in Imperial Russia, and originally written in 1836 by Nikolai Gogol. The UNO production will bring to life an adaption by Jeffrey Hatcher. And in this production, the characters remain the same but the story is set right here in Omaha, in the 1860â€™s.
Patterson said this riverfront town used to be called a â€œdirty, wicked city.â€ And in the play, many character names are based on some historic people from Omaha, like Tom Dennison, an infamous political boss. (Click Listen Now to hear a rehearsal scene from the play)
A preview performance will take place Thursday at 7:30pm in UNOâ€™s Weber Fine Arts building. The show opens Friday night and runs through October 15th.
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