Good Life Performance Matthew Blydenburgh Section 04G8

Spatial Experience

Once I first entered the auditorium I was greeted to a much larger theater and stage than I had anticipated to be in the space of. I did not know much about the Constans theater before going to the show and just assumed it would be the same rough size as, say, an auditorium at any high school. However, I was greeted with a much larger, more ornate setting that really made the performance feel that much more grand altogether. As I arrived relatively early, my seats were quite close to the actual stage and thus I was able to see a very good amount of the performance very clearly compared to how some of the other seats in the house may have been. Once the lights finally dimmed and the audience quieted I was rather excited for the show to begin and was ready to see what the play itself had to offer.

Social Experience

I attended the performance with one of my friends, Erce, who is currently in Good Life with me. We both wanted to attend the performance with somebody that we each knew and thus decided to see the show together. Before the show, the two of us dressed in nice outfits to fit the usual dress code one could expect for a live stage performance and then arrived at the theater around thirty minutes to curtain. Since I attended the show with a friend, I was able to engage in conversation with that person immediately at the show's end and discuss the different aspects of the play and what the show meant to us individually, which is an important part of achieving the Good Life.

Cultural and Intellectual Experience

The central issues discussed throughout the play revolved around the role of art in peoples lives, censorship and the role of the Church in society throughout the early 1900s. Most people can understand the importance of art in modern and past society and the way that it can encapsulate and exemplify the feelings and thoughts of any person if used correctly. I knew a bit of the role that the Catholic Church played in the past, as it was known to play a role throughout society and had a heavy influence in the way that individuals thought and acted in response to certain events. Having grown up in the church it was easy for me to identify much of the church's standings on the plays that Sarah Bernhardt was known for and how quick they were to shun both that subject matter and the case surrounding the abuse of Talbot at the hands of a priest. After the performance I had a better understanding of the necessity for artistic and truthful expression of reality no matter how grim it may be in order to benefit society.

Emotional Experience

The Divine offers significant room for catharsis for each of the audience members throughout its run time. As the play looks at the burying of controversial activities, particularly by the Catholic church and by shady businesses during the early 1900s, it requires viewers to assess where they stand on how much society deserves to know about those in power. The church is seen by countless people as a source of absolute good and authority and can do no wrong in its work, and any attempt to tarnish its name should not be let out. Cases like Talbot's and countless other children's have been swept under the rug for what feels like endless time by entities like the church and have allowed for the perpetrators to get off with little to no punishment. This performance allowed a viewer like me to believe even further that justice must be carried out even against the most pious individuals in the world if they are guilty of such heinous acts. Justice must be blind and be served regardless of the individual to act as a source of good for society.

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