Good Life Performance Christopher laughlin

The Spatial Experience

I had previously never been in the Constans Theater before going to this play. So as I entered the lobby I was greeted with a mass of people and a selection of sculptures, exhibits and paintings. I scanned my gator one and entered the theater itself. The theater was much more grandiose than I expected. It gave off a much higher sense of class than I was expecting. When I sat down we were in the middle area so I was welcomed with a pleasant theater experience. When the theater went to black and the audience quieted, I was eager to see how the play was going to start out. The actors walked in from behind and the side at a quick pace setting the scene for some of the characters. The theater size was the right size so as not to feel to large or too small. The roll of this place in the good life is to enrich one's soul with the art of theater.

The Social Experience

I attended the performance with two of my friends, one of which helped me take the picture of me in front of the theater. One of these friends is my roommate and the other lives elsewhere. We ate at the Reitz before heading over to the theater. Attending the performance with my friends rather than going alone helped me relax in the theater to fully enjoy the play that was before me. Shared experiences create great memories to reflect on. Even if they are stupid or minuscule, those memories help us grow closer and enjoy life to the fullest.

The Cultural and Intellectual Experience

The central theme of the story was to criticize theater and to mock itself. However, there are other major themes such as class struggle and religion. I knew very little about the theater and the criticisms that came along with it before the play. Afterwards, I felt a little more in touch with theater and the entire scene behind it, but I've had a strong background in class struggle and religion so my views on those did not change much. Criticizing yourself and being able to mock certain societal structures is a very valuable ability and having excellent self-awareness is important for staying humble throughout life.

The Emotional Experience

The play itself is a commentary on the issues with theater and it makes it very aware that we (as an audience) should be able to take note of that. This can be used to look introspectively and seek within ourselves our own criticisms that we like to avoid from popping up in our lives. "The Divine: A Play for Sarah Bernhardt" provides an opportunity for katharsis by making fun of itself and humoring its less than valuable qualities. They then put the ball in our court and say, "Now you try." This means that we should humor our less than desirable qualities about ourselves and try to work on them rather than pretend they don't exist.

Credits:

Zachary Miller, Christopher Laughlin

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