The Divine: A Play For Sarah Bernhardt Hali reeves

The Spatial Experience

The Constans Theatre is a fairly small theatre located within the Reitz Union on the UF Campus. Regardless, the inside feels as though it is a stand alone professional or community theatre. The seating is on a very efficient rake that made it easy for me to see the stage and even action taking place in the audience, despite not being very close up. I did not enjoy, however how the ushers did not let you choose your seat. Rather, everyone was forced single file into an aisle in the order that you entered. To me, that felt a bit rigid because it wasn't like we had specific seat numbers according to our ticket. Place can dramatically effect how you view something and the experience that you have there.

The Social Experience

I went to the play with my friend, Lauren, that I have known since high school. While there, we ran into our friends Zac and Matt and the four of us sat together and discussed our opinions at intermission and after the show. I enjoyed seeing the play with Lauren because we both have had a lot of experience together and apart in terms of creating theatre. We have a unique perspective in comparison to people who have never been involved in theatre. Sharing this experience with Lauren was very important to our friendship in that because we had been growing apart and it had been theatre that had alwaus brought us together. Sharing something that you love with someone is very important to the good life because it can create stronger and more meaningful bonds.

The Cultural and Intellectual Experience

It is very easy to say that the time and place of the story, because it is so past and foreign, does not relate to us now. However, that is not the case. I saw many similarities between the world of this play and our reality. One similarity is that the life of poor people is hard to understand, even though people try to sympathize. Rich people will never truly be able to empathize with or understand the lives of the poor unless they have lived it themselves. It is easy for the rich to feel guilty when it is right in front of their face, but not care the majority of the time. The play was also very timeless in that many characters had to determine what they value in their lives and what that would lead them to choose. Characters had to balance their dignity, finances, and religion, as most people struggle with today. The Church controlled the businesses and the town in this play, and now I am fearing that we are again starting to see a combination of church and state in our governmental systems.

The Emotional Experience

The play makes us question what we value in our lives. Do we value honesty? Would we want people to know our motives, even though it may hurt them and hurt our pride, in the name of honesty? Or is it better to lie and sacrifice feelings? Do we value our work more than our family? And how far would we go with our work to help our families? This play makes us question how far we would go and what is truly important to us.

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