On Jan 21st, I went to Constans Theatre to attend the show, The Divine: A Play for Sarah Bernhardt. This show is so excellent that it raises not only the impact on the audiences' eyeballs but the thinking of the story and the fate of characters in the show. Moreover, the time the story takes place is inevitably considered; the show illustrates how a poor man is devoured by the ruthless factories and the time.
(A painting in Constans Theater)
As I entered the auditorium, I felt so stressed since that was the first time I watched a formal play. Moving with the crowd, I found a good spot to get seated. At this location, I was seated in the middle part of the theater and can clearly understand what was going on during the play. Later, the lights were turned off and I realized there was something going to happen. Some shiny particles fell from the ceilings. At the same time, I started to feel nervous and could not wait to watch the play.
(A painting inside the theater)
I attended the show with my friends, Simon, Jake and Nick. To be honest, sitting with friends was a decision that cant be better. During the short break and after the show, we can conveniently communicate with each other: what did the show want to express? How the story of the show would develop? Why did the character make such a decision? With whom did you attend the performance? If I was seated with some strangers, I could never know what I wanted to know in a efficient way.
(A sculpture inside the theater)
In the show, there are many elements contained and mixed. One of the focused topics is the great fissure between the celebrity and women/children working in factories. At first, the mighty boss orders his employees to wipe his shoes, treating them like slaves and as the story goes on, he forces the employees to say the faked, good words about the working environment. Albeit the lie is exposed along with Sarah's journey to the factory. At the beginning, Sarah only knows what the boss wants her to know and thinks the working place is wonderful as those women say. However, the crescendo comes as the young man loses his live; before Sarah comes to the factory, he has been hidden in the basement but it is later on fire. Though he tries to knock the floor, the boss still pays no attention to him until he dies. This scene deeply touched me. Since I didn't know a lot about the condition of the working class at that time, I could hardly imagine how bad a boss then treats his employees. In the employers' view, worker are not workers; they are just subtle parts of the giant factory. They are not the men who have the basic rights.
(Sculptures in Constans Theater)
The Divine: A Play for Sarah Bernhardt gives its audiences multiple views of that time: religion, working condition, and an actress's life. It is this multifaceted and thoughtful exposure to the ordinary living then that provides us the catharsis. It is said, there are a thousand Hamlets in a thousand people's eyes. So does this play. In this way, the show meets the mental demand for each unique audience and its splendid story directs audiences to their catharsis.