Ian watches The Divine: A Play for Sarah Bernhardt

My Spatial Experience:

The Constans Theatre is a decent sized theatre. This is my first play inside the theatre and I wasn't expecting how big the set would be. I sat in the third row from the front and it gave a big impact on how I saw the play. Sarah Bernhardt would come out from the doors on the side or look directly in my direction and I could not draw my attention away from her. I liked how the set was managed: for all of the scenes they used the same floor and for the furniture and props, most of them were easy to access. How the beds in the church transformed into the sewing machines in the factory surprised me and stuck with me throughout the play. The role of place in the Good Life means that being in the front of things gives one the best experience possible.

My Social Experience:

I attended The Divine with my friends Camille and Anthony. We went on the first day of the series of showings, and it turns out that it was the first showing of The Divine in the United States! So hype! I didn't do any research beforehand because I wanted to go into the play completely blind. Being able to laugh and cry with my friends made The Divine all much more worth watching. The role of shared experiences for the Good Life is that having memories that you can recall with others makes reliving those memories all more beautiful.

My Cultural and Intellectual Experience:

The central issue in the play was about how oppressed people eventually learn to rebel. I go through my own personal rebellions as a college student, so I can empathize with how Leo rebels against his mother's wishes and his boss' commands. The performance showed me other perspectives of rebellion from different walks of life and I share the views of the play wholeheartedly. I believe people should be free to do what they want, and as a college student, I've never been so free in my entire life. Here, I can rebel without even facing adversaries.

My Emotional Experience:

The Divine: A Play for Sarah Bernhardt allows us to feel this katharsis by presenting a very relatable set of situations with Michaud's, Talbot's, and Sarah's conflicts. Michaud appeals to those who have been longing to set themselves free from mundane life in order to relish in whatever their true passion is. Talbot wants to help himself (and later realizes, those close to him,) get out of his terrible situation and into a better life. Sarah becomes bored with her occupation because of who it appeals to and ventures to Quebec City, where she reignites her passion for theatre because she has found a new type of play. The Divine casts a wide net for its audience to look up to and feel this katharsis through how the characters work through their hardships as the audience members are doing in their own lives.

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Ian Arcena


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