But I enjoyed this play just fine. I chuckled aloud on the train, which is where I mostly did my reading.
The play is set in a crooked provincial town. The leading figures in the play are the crooked mayor, and a minor government clerk who is passing through the town but who gets mistaken as the dreaded inspector general.
There's a Hollywood movie adaptation, from 1949, with Danny Kaye. I remember it from long ago as funny, but it takes liberties with the story, and shifts the focus to Danny Kaye's clowning.
There are no heroes in the original play; the entire town appears to be conniving in one way or another. The chief focus is on government corruption, but a couple of the town merchants also come in for criticism for "shortchanging" and other dishonest practices. It's a good town to get out of
Rhyme of the day:
The mayor and his friends
Reach a bad, but funny, end.