The Spatial Experience
The production, The Divine: A Play for Sarah Bernhardt, was hosted at the Constans Theater located near the Reitz Union. To my surprise, the Constans Theater was located relatively close to the Reitz Union, practically sprouting from the same building structure. Entering the lobby from the outside entrance, we are greeted by a swarm of people, persumably other fellow good life students, enthusiastic theatergoers, and moody children. While waiting for the performance to begin, we enjoyed and captured the beauty of the artistic sculptures hanging from the ceiling and paintings that was installed along the walls. As we entered the theater, the first thing that struck us was the professional appearance of the stage and the props. As Art major students, we really appreciated the Gothic appearance behind the stain glassed window and the delicate intricacy paid to the props. Also to note, I was extremely surprised and amazed by the multi functionality of the props, especially the beds which turned into sewing stations in the next scene. Overall, the technical aspect of the production was amazing and very professional. The audience and seats that mirrored the stage was relatively small compared to the other theaters I've visited. However, that does not deter from the performance itself. Instead I feel that the small magnitude creates an atmosphere of intimacy and comfort between each individual and the actors, especially during the "talk back." The seating we choose was along the middle back section of the theater, more towards the right of the stage. Overall, I feel that our seating was mediocre. We were able to see everything on stage and was close enough to hear the actors. However, I wished that we sat closer to the front walkway to take part in the interactive experience as Sarah Bernhardt walked through the audience. As the stage dimmed, a feeling of anticipation and excitement of finally getting the assignment over with overwhelmed me.