The Government Inspector

Reviews:

Tuminas is not afraid of time in the theatre. He does not fight it. He creates a very precise production, by giving the actors the time to ‘act out’ everything, which gives a vividness to their characters. Every character in the Lithuanian Government Inspector is a stroke of genius. The production from Vilnius is a lesson in European theatre, teaching us to think simply and wisely, and to create great things.

Zycie Warszawy

I do not know an actor in Polish theatre who is as gifted with such physical expression as Arūnas Sakalauskas. Even before he talks, his gestures tell us what and how. Sakalauskas cannot lie: his body would betray him. He lies, however, because he is an actor. He lies convincingly, and this is the most charming thing. The essence of true lies or apparent truth: this is his role in The Government Inspector directed by Rimas Tuminas.

Gazeta Wyborcza

 

This is a miracle performance, in all respects. The greatest pleasure is given by perfect acting. However, the real cause of the miracle of The Government Inspector lies in the director’s unexpected idea, his original interpretation.

Lietuvos rytas

 

After rocking with laughter at first, you eventually start giggling with more restraint, until you finally understand not only that, according to Gorodnich, you are laughing at yourself, but also that everything is sad, not funny.

7 meno dienos

 

In The Government Inspector, as in other productions by Tuminas, it is difficult to feel that slippery, almost invisible, boundary between the funny and the tragic, between the real and the mystical. A joke often turns out to be the truth. A monologue which starts loudly, becomes intimate in the end. And rage turns to calm in a second. This requires the greatest skill in acting, and the actors cope perfectly with the tasks set out by the director: they act lightly and recklessly.

Nezavisimaya gazeta

 

I do not know how Rimas Tuminas manages to interpret a play that is burdened with abundant performing traditions and clichés through the eyes of a naive and curious first-former. He reads it, and is surprised, as if he has just heard it all for the first time.

Teatras

 

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