John Gabriel Borkman

Great performances in a very dated play.  Seana McKenna, Lucy Peacock and Scott Wentworth did everything that could be done, but ultimately, the play is too dated to be relevant. To update it would have required a complete rewrite and it would then not be Ibsen, just based on Ibsen.

Joseph Zeigler was great as the friend, Vilhelm Foldal. He has an amazing ability to disappear into his character. Antoine Yared as Erhart and Sarah Afful as Mrs Wilton ran off to find happiness together, but taking Frida (Natalie Francis) with them seemed more than a bit strange.

Not a play I would bother to see again. Too much a period piece that does not stand up to the passage of time.

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About cathyriggall

Theatre junkie, who thinks live theatre is the ultimate form of living on the edge. You never know what will happen when an actor steps on the stage.
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One Response to John Gabriel Borkman

  1. keithhpotter says:

    The acting was excellent, particularly Seana McKenna, but the translation, apparently a new one, seemed quite wooden.
    I agree that the play is dated, but the theme isn’t. Any translation is an adaptation to some extent and I think a modern translation/adaptation could make the play seem current. I wish we had made it to Soulpepper’s “A Doll’s House” – which apparently did successfully make the jump. Damn Toronto traffic!

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