The Divine: A Play for Sarah Bernhardt By: Zach Orlowsky

Walking into the theater, I was very surprised. I had never seen the theater before and I realized how fancy it looked. When I entered the theater I expected a very well-done play. I made sure to sit in the middle row in one of the middle seats so that I could get the best experience possible out of the play. When the lights dimmed, I got very excited for what I was about to watch. I liked the size of the theater because this play seemed like a play that shouldn't be in any bigger of an auditorium. The "Good Life" was seen in this play because being able to spend a relaxing night in a fancy auditorium shows how you are able to have nice things in the good life.
These are two of my friends that I attended the play with we enjoyed the play a great deal. Attending the play with people I already knew was fun because I could hear their in-the-moment reactions while we enjoyed the play together. Before the play, I got ready by looking up what the play was about so that I wasn't blind-sided by not having an idea of its background. Yet again, I enjoyed going to the play with friends because we were able to enjoy it more since we were together. The role of shared experiences in important in the "Good Life" because I was much more easily able to enjoy this experience with the company of friends.
This performance helps me view our own culture in a new light by realizing that challenging injustice back in this time was just as important as it is in today's day in age. I knew exactly what the entire play was about before going because I looked it up before attending. In addition, one of my best friends had a large role in the play so I was able to understand it more clearly through him. The play changed my views on our culture by realizing that we need to be more accepting and challenge injustice. The subject matter relates to my own life because every single day I witness examples of injustice which must be stood up to.
"The Divine: A Play for Sarah Bernhardt" provides us an opportunity for Katharsis by showing us "topics that are socially uncomfortable, politically contentious, religiously irreverent, or culturally radical.” This idea perfectly fit into this performance by addressing all of those ideas listed above in many ways. With a variety of age ranges and ethnicities, this play covered all of the usual "boxes" that are discussed in a typical life.

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