chapter  3
1 MEYERHOLD’S KEY PRODUCTION: THE GOVERNMENT INSPECTOR
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Think of yourself as a director for a moment. You have Nikolai Gogol’s nineteenth-century comedy, The Government Inspector (1836), in your hands and you are looking at the final page. Here’s Gogol’s extended stage direction, the moment with which he concludes his play:

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How am I going to capture the audience’s attention for a full ninety seconds, as they watch a frozen dumb show of ‘petrified’ characters?