Final Weekend of The Government Inspector at Parson’s Nose

Last chance to see this hilarious show at the new home of Parson's Nose Theater

PHOTO: PNT | | Jake Perri, Aidan Rees, John Rafter Lee, Jill Rogosheske, Mary Chalon Davis, Barry Gordon and Lance Davis in The Government Inspector
Parson’s Nose Theater (PNT), the acclaimed classical comedy theater company, will close their production of Nikolai Gogol’s comedy The Government Inspector this weekend. The play marks their first Full Production in the company’s new permanent home in Pasadena, The Parson’s Nose Abbey.
Co-Founders Lance Davis and Mary Chalon Davis are South Pasadenans who are thrilled to finally have a home theatre for PNT. The space is a beautiful, old brick chapel with a lovely courtyard, stain glass windows and an old-timey bar for socializing before and after the show. As per custom with PNT, the actors mingle with the audience during intermission and homemade goodies, in this case Russian Tea cookies, are served.
PHOTO: PNT | | Aiden Rees, Mary Chalon, James Calvert, Jake Perri, Barry Gordon, John Harnagel, and Jill Rogosheske on stage at Parson’s Nose Theater

“Welcome to Kraszny, Russia”, says PNT Producing Director Lance Davis, “Where corruption is the tradition, the Mayor rules, and the only thing that could go wrong would be a government inspector nosing around, asking questions.”

Davis distilled Gogol’s comedy into a 80-minute adaptation to introduce this classic story from 1836 to the modern audience, which is “consistent with our mission to both entertain and educate, we’re introducing people to a classic comedy they may not be familiar with,” says Davis.

The cast of The Government Inspector includes James Calvert, Mary Chalon, Lance Davis, Barry Gordon, John Harnagel, John Rafter Lee, Paul Perri, Aiden Rees, and Jill Rogosheske. Davis also wrote the adaptation.

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PHOTO: PNT | | Aidan Rees and James Calvert get cozy in The Government Inspector

The laughs come fast and furious as a case of mistaken identity causes the small Russian villagers of Kraszny to turn themselves into pretzels to impress who they assume is a government inspector sent to evaluate them. Lance Davis is hysterical as one of the bumbling brothers who is overwhelmed at the thought of his name being uttered to the Tsar and James Calvert delights in his deception as the opportunistic Khelstakov who has been mistaken as the visiting inspector. The entire cast is having a ball and you will too. And for some strange reason, the whole affair seems somehow timely even though it was written in 1836!

Final performances of The Government Inspector are Friday, November 10th at 8pm, Saturday, November 11th at 8pm, and Sunday November 12th at 3pm.  Tickets are $30 for Adults, $20 for Seniors, and $15 for Students. Tickets are available online at or by calling the Parson’s Nose office at (626) 403-7667.

Parson’s Nose Theater performs at their new home The Parson’s Nose Abbey located at 95 N. Marengo Ave., Pasadena, CA 91101

About Parson’s Nose Theater

Parson’s Nose Theater is a professional, critically acclaimed, not-for-profit, 501(c)3 theater organization dedicated to “introducing classic theater to contemporary audiences.” They emphasize language, story and actor, in the broad-stroke tradition of the Italian “commedia dell arte,” preparing audiences for future, full length productions of the world’s finest classical works.The company of actors, directors, and designers with credits including Broadway, film, and television, is among the finest in Los Angeles. In fifteen seasons they have introduced classical comedies to over 70,000 Angelenos.