Byline: RACHEL HALLIBURTON
John Gabriel Borkman
THE two sisters stand like refined Gorgons in black velvet, trapped in old age with little to show but hatred and regret. The snowy vista outside seems a haven of warmth compared with the emotional temperature in a house where the malignancy of failure and disillusionment has turned both the sisters and John Gabriel Borkman - the man they once loved - into monsters.
Ibsen was obsessed with businessmen with hubristic, empire-building aspirations, partly because his ambitious merchant father had gone bankrupt when the playwright was only eight. With the recent high-profile collapses of Enron …