The Good Life Performance By: Hannah Hallman

The Spatial Experience

I didn't know what to expect, but when I entered the theatre I was surprised by the props on the stage; it was set up very nicely. The usher led my friends and I to our seats, which were dead center in the first row of the second section. If you look at the picture, it was the row right behind the red runner carpet. This turned out to be an extremely lucky placement because when the show started and the actors came out, a few of them passed right in front of us. This provided my friends and I with an up-close look at the actors. There was a decent sized audience, and throughout the play everyone was extremely respectful towards the actors and seemed to remain engaged in the performance.

The Social Experience

I attended the play with my friend, Michael, and his friend Sam. Prior to attending the play, I me up with my friend on campus so we could all drive over together. When I entered the lobby, I saw my sorority sister. Although we didn't sit together, it was nice to see another familiar face. Attending the performance with my friend made it more enjoyable because I had someone to sit with and even made a friend through the outing. Also, following the play I had a small group of people to discuss the play with, allowing us to reflect on the thoughts and emotions that the play produced.

The Cultural and Intellectual Experience

I had heard very little about the plot of the play prior to attending it, so I did not know what to expect. I was surprised when the actors came running in through all of the entrances, but it added to the overall experience in a positive way. From the set I could deduce that the play took place during the Industrial Revolution. The costumes worn by the actors and the first scene bolstered my initial perceptions. The play highlights the disparity between the wealthy and the working class during that time period. The poor were treated extremely poorly and often times unsafe practices were put into place; an example of this is child labor. Although these issues may seem antiquated due to the regulations that exist in modern day, they are still prevalent.

The Emotional Experience

This play does allow for the audience to experience katharsis because it touches upon issues that are still prevalent in today's society. Although the exact same events are not taking place, there are themes of poverty, discrimination, and religion still present in the issues of the modern world. This allows the audience to reflect upon the play and connect it to the problems faced in everyday life. Being able to relate the content of the play in a personal way, contributes to the process of self-reflection. The play provides insight into combatting some of these issues and provides the audience with something to think about when leaving the play.

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