Gogol's farcical satire of the corruptions within the machinations of local government and the way in which a smart con man makes mockery of it is one that needs a decent staging and more than a little deft handiness in accomplishing.
Theatre group Sedos has created a minimalist although cast-heavy version of the play, which skims through the action and squeezes as much as possible out of the physical comedy and japery from the situation as it can. While doing so, it weaves an interesting enough tale with momentum that carries it along.
It's a solid enough piece, but never quite manages to shake as much of the mirth from the play as it could, nor charm the audience quite as much as it should.
Reviewer: Graeme Strachan