(Mark Fisher’s article appeared 10/25 in the Guardian.)
A handful of times during Alan Rickman's performance as John Gabriel Borkman, the audience at Dublin's Abbey theatre lets out a laugh. Sometimes it is because of references to dubious banking practices, which seem to us newly topical, but the rest of the time it is because of Borkman's casual misogyny. In the translation by Frank McGuinness, his lines include: "If there are good women, we don't know them," and: "I suppose it's reasonable to see things as you do. You are a woman."
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