The Good Life Performance By Caroline Keefe

If I'm being honest, I had no idea this entire theater existed before seeing the play. For some reason, I always ignored this part of the Reitz, so being able to discover it was fantastic! Because I was one of the first ones in line, I had a fantastic seat. I sat towards the front and smack dab in the middle. It was the perfect space to fully engage myself in the play, as there was little in my surroundings to be distracted by. However, it was exceptionally cold in the theater, which took a little bit out of the experience. When the lights dimmed, you could physically feel the energy around you start to die down while everyone in the room came to a hush, which is one of my favorite parts about going to see a play. Being actively engaged in something with an entire crowd is such a fun experience. I thought the size of the theater was perfect, but I was seated in one of the first few rows so maybe my opinion would have been different if I had sat in one of the last few rows towards the back. When the actors went off stage and into the crowd, I had to constantly crane my neck to look at the performers which was a bit of a pain, but it didn't ruin the experience entirely. Placing plays a big role in the Good Life. I think we all have the choice to place ourselves in circumstances that can/will enhance our life, even though sometimes it seems as if there is no choice. However, it's our choice to place ourselves in good situations, and it's our choice to take ourselves out of a bad situation.
I went to the performance alone. Honestly, I love doing things like this alone. I like going to museums alone, I like going shopping alone, and so on. However, sometimes it's nice to talk to someone else about what you're witnessing. I found that during the intermission I really wanted to share my thoughts on the first act with someone, but didn't really have anyone to do that with. Going alone did have some positives though. I was able to fully process the play, and I was able to think about how the play related to my own values and my own life. Going with other people can also be a bit of a distraction sometimes, and could possibly distract from really taking in the play. However, as mentioned before, I do think it would have been better to go with someone else. Shared experiences is what makes life fun. In the words of Leo Tolstoy, "Happiness is only real when shared." Experiencing things on your own can be good for the soul and help yourself grow, but sharing a full, beautiful experience with someone else is truly what life is about. Being able to share your thoughts and happiness with others is what leading a Good Life should be all about.
For a play that's supposed to be set in Quebec in the 1910s, it was still extremely relevant to problems today. One of the issues addressed is the subject of child labor & strenuous, unpaid labor. One of the main characters, Sarah Bernhardt, finds out about the injustices that are happening in factories around Quebec City, and is determined to create a play around it. She goes to a factory to experience what it actually feels like to work and be apart of this environment, but fails to recognize the hypocrisy of her actions. With our culture of Facebook and other social media, I think this idea is extremely relevant. People will spend so much energy on discussing and arguing issues through Facebook comments or Reddit forums, but fail to take any legitimate action. When mass tragedies happen, many will post photos to Instagram with a hashtag that has #PrayFor[Insert City] in their caption, but don't even look into how they can help. One of our problems as a society is that we complain that no one is doing anything, even though we aren't doing anything. People need to start taking action to fight for what they believe in, rather than just sitting behind a screen and arguing with people halfway around the world about these issues.
(Source: As mentioned above, The Divine focused on a lot of social issues that are still relevant today. Seeing these issues being played out in front of us makes the audience reflect deeply on the matters being address. Sometimes it's easy to ignore issues if they don't immediately effect you, but seeing a play that so clearly points out the hypocrisy of society makes one look at their own life and helps people re-evaluate their own values and view of the world, which can be extremely cathartic for some people. Reflection is a great way to progress as a person, as you learn from your past experiences to make your future as fulfilled and joyful as possible.

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