The Devine: A Play For Sarah Berhardt By: Thomas Roth

The first thing i noticed when I walked into the Constans theater was how clean and new every thing was. Silver accents messed with the wood and blue to create a very nice and welcoming feeling. I then left the atrium and entered the theater room. As I entered the theater my eyes went right to set production. Large booming pillar lined the stage, they were impossible to miss. The theater was dimly lit and there was a thin veil of fog permeating the room. I had a fairly good seat at the show, I was 10-20 rows back directly in the middle. My seat location allowed me to have an unobstructed view of the stage. I felt an excitement rush through the crowd when the lights dimmed and people quieted. The role of the theater in the good life is to provide happiness to people, happiness being essential to the good life.

I attended the performance by myself. My friends in good life had went the week before but I couldn't go with them because I had a cappella rehearsal. Going to see it alone felt very odd, I felt very awkward because pretty much everyone else had friends there, but I ended up making friends there so it turned out alright. To get ready for the performance i dressed nicely and did my hair nicely. Social experiences play a large part in the good life. As we learned it class, relationships play a large part in happiness and therefore, the good life. Having experiences like this are crucial to the good life.

The performance made me reflect on my culture as an upper class white man. In the play the upper class take advantage of the lower class and I need to make sure I don't do that in the future. The story is set in the around 100 years ago in Canada. The central issues addressed were the facade that Christianity hides behind, the horrors that the upper class force on the lower class and child labor laws. I knew that the play had a sad twist ending but nothing of the specifics. The performance didn't really change my views about any of the issues. I have always known that the church is shady and a basic knowledge of history will show you that wealthy capitalists will take advantage of poor families. The issues in the play directly relate to things happening in my own life. I want to own a law firm when I get older and i'm going to have to have employees who work for me. This play has taught me to treat my future employees with respect and care.

I don't think the ideas in the play were particularly radical. It's not longer radical to treat poor people like humans and not use child labor in factories. Its no longer radical to admit that the catholic church has shady behaviors. However, I do think there are still some people in this country that view poor people as less than them and that think the catholic church has no faults. So for these people I think that it provides an opportunity to reflect upon those things, and does allow katharsis for those people.

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