The Divine: A Play for Sarah Bernhardt

My Spatial Experience: When I entered the theater I was not happy that I had to go see this play when my favorite hockey team, the Buffalo Sabres, was playing on TV that night. However, once the lights dimmed and the play started I began to appreciate the theater experience. I enjoyed the relatively small size of the theater and the craftsmanship put into the set. Also due to my seat, one of the scenes was played out within arms reach of me. It was very cool. Clearly my location has a great effect on my experiences and my life as a whole.

My Social Experience: I attend the play with my roommate, Jorge. We went to get food before and got to the theater a little early. Me and Jorge dressed up for the play in collared shirts and pants. I also got to wear my leather jacket my grandfather gave me. By attending with Jorge I was able to discuss the play at intermission and afterward with him which made the experience more enjoyable. I think this applies to life as well; having people to share your experiences with make it all the better.

My Cultural and Intellectual Experience: The central issue addressed in the play was about making difficult choices based on morals , hopes, and dreams. The performance displayed this excellently through each of it characters, whether it was Michoud choosing between theater and the church, or Talbot deciding to protect his family and cover his shame or expose the wound he suffered. These tough choices can be translated into my life in the sense that biology class often disagrees with my religious standing, putting me in a precarious position of choosing to reject one of the beliefs.

My Emotional Experience: The Divine forces us as the audience to assess our lives. By this I mean we must reflect on the choices we have made in the past and evaluate whether they are lined up with our morals. From this we can become more aware in the future when making decisions to ensure they coincide with our values. I conclude the good life is greatly tied to making choices that align with our morals.

Bibliography:

1. Jim Strecker. THE DIVINE: A PLAY FOR SARAH BERNHARDT AT THE SHAW FESTIVAL: A PRODUCTION THAT IS CHALLENGING, REWARDING, AND MEMORABLE THROUGH AND THROUGH. Jim Strecker Review of the Arts. 9/2/15. http://jamesstrecker.com/words/?p=1057

2. James Karas. THE DIVINE: A PLAY FOR SARAH BERNHARDT – REVIEW OF SHAW FESTIVAL PRODUCTION. James Kraras - Reviews and Views. 8/15. http://jameskarasreviews.blogspot.com/2015/08/the-divine-play-for-sarah-bernhardt.html

Credits:

1. Jim Strecker. THE DIVINE: A PLAY FOR SARAH BERNHARDT AT THE SHAW FESTIVAL: A PRODUCTION THAT IS CHALLENGING, REWARDING, AND MEMORABLE THROUGH AND THROUGH. Jim Strecker Review of the Arts. 9/2/15. http://jamesstrecker.com/words/?p=1057 2. James Karas. THE DIVINE: A PLAY FOR SARAH BERNHARDT – REVIEW OF SHAW FESTIVAL PRODUCTION. James Kraras - Reviews and Views. 8/15. http://jameskarasreviews.blogspot.com/2015/08/the-divine-play-for-sarah-bernhardt.html

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