The Divine: A Play for Sarah Bernhardt Hugh Nguyen

Engineering at its finest

When I entered, I was in complete awe at the interior of the theater. It was so intimate and quaint, but still proved to be majestic and historic. I think having the right surroundings is a top priority when pursuing the good life, so I am glad we could take advantage of this opportunity to see something in Constans theater. My friend and I arrived "fashionably late" so we settled in some seats in the top left to observe the action from a distance. Similar to a lecture hall, the theater was filled with noise and chatter at first but quickly died down once the lights dimmed and the presenters came on stage. After that, I was very focused on the play and anticipated for something divine!

Reflecting during intermission

According to a famous Harvard study, one of the key factors in determining life satisfaction and happiness at the end of one's years is the meaningful relationships that one builds. Therefore, the shared experience with my friends like, Andrew, Aziz, Will, and Brady at Constans theater will be a priceless memory that I will always remember. Even after the play, when I had dinner with Will and debriefed about the play over Subway's delicious raspberry cheesecake cookies is a moment that I will miss after college.

Typical Sarah, pensive and dramatic

I think one of the central themes of the play would be "rebellion" or "defying the status quo". At the time, the church had significant influence over society, especially the arts. I was not too familiar with what the play was going to be about; the only thing I expected was a play about a famous actor. Although the performance pleasantly surprised me with different acts of bravery against censorship and childhood exploitation. Most importantly, I think this theme has really transcendent implications in regards to our current political atmosphere due to the recent resistance against harsh immigration restrictions and repeals against abortion rights and same-sex marriage.

Me and Michaud (Jake Lesh)! #broadwaysomeday

Lastly, I think you can take the important point of standing up for what you believe in fromĀ The Divine: A Play for Sarah Bernhardt. Unlike Talbot, we should strive to constantly act as courageously as Michaud and Sarah. No matter what anyone claims, even if it's the wealthy factory boss or the old priest, we must first question if a person's decisions are aligned with the enduring principles of integrity, honesty, and liberty. Without brave individuals who are there to empower others and speak on behalf of the weak, nothing ever worth it can be preserved. This is the kartharsis that I experienced.

See you later Mr. Henry Constans!

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