This performance helped me understand our culture in a variety of ways. For instance, the portrayal of the media made me realize how biased and subjective people can be and emphasized that the press isn't always justified or accurate in what they report. The play also made me realize that people aren't always who they seem to be. For example, although Michaud appeared to be an ignorant, spoiled fanatic, he ended up doing what he thought was morally right in the end by giving the police a letter of confession from Talbot. I think that this performance was comprised of several issues that highlighted the flaws in each character. To elaborate, Michaud, though educated, was completely unaware of the realities of the world surrounding him; Talbot was willing to go to extreme lengths in order to feed his ambition and secure his future; Mrs. Talbot--struck with grief--threatened to disown her own son, and so on. I knew very little before I attended the performance; I had simply read the short synopsis provided online prior to seeing the play. Honestly, the performance did not change my views much about the issues that arose; I still think the same about them and would react the same to them now as I would have before. One theme of the play that is semi-relevant to my life is the portrayal of the media, especially with the current political debates prevalent in today's society.
Me standing outside of a side entrance to the Constans Theatre.
I think that the performance gave the audience an opportunity for katharsis by presenting issues that, for the most part, exist quietly in today's society. For example, corruption--whether it be of the people, the church, or the government--was prevalent in the play, and is a relevant issue in the modern world. Seeing corruption and similar issues displayed in the play can allow viewers to reflect on the issues affecting their lives and the negative qualities that exist inside themselves. Ultimately, watching The Divine can lead to self confrontation and even introspection.
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