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Herb Greer is depressed by a play about the making of the Marilyn Monroe film "The Misfits." It is time to let the poor woman rest in peace foundations remain uncertain. Ernest Gellner unravels the flaws in the work of Isaiah Berlin, the champion of modern liberalism

By Herb Greer   June 1996

Just as good drama sends you out refreshed and lighter in spirit, so you leave the scene of theatrical dross feeling flat; it is as if you had witnessed an atrocity whose victims (including yourself) cannot be helped.

A bad production of a bad play produces a special resentment: it is an evening of your life, stolen by the thieves. Such gloom is redoubled when you know the company-in this case, Manchester’s Royal Exchange-is capable of wonderful work. In light comedy and fin de si?cle farce, Braham Murray and his colleagues can be peerless; they even managed to make, if…

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