Few of those adaptations could match Bruiser Theatre Company’s new show for sheer intensity and verve in immersing us in Gogol’s delirious world. Writer Patrick J O’Reilly relocates the tale from Gogol’s St Petersburg to 1920s New York. This allows director Lisa May to mobilise all manner of enjoyable conceits, from a ragtime music score to silent-era slapstick, vaudeville, and the gangster film.

Pádraic Killeen, Irish Examiner


To the strains of Matthew Reeve’s evocative Scott Joplin-inspired score and the distant pounding of typewriters, O’Reilly and Rose explode on stage, striking a note of frantic desperation and sweaty enthusiasm for the task in hand.

Jane Coyle, 28 March 2014, The Irish Times