The Divine:A play for Sarah Bernhardt IUF1000

When we first got to the theater we entered through the back, it seemed like a very toned down entrance for a theater and I realize that's probably because it wasn't the main entrance. The auditorium itself was beautiful, it was spacious and had an antique feel to it, the stage set up the play perfectly. We got pretty good seats too, it wasn't too far up but it was far enough that we could see everything that was happening on the stage and around the stage. We also sat got sat in the middle which made everything feel centered, like if we were watching the play the way the playwright meant for us to watch it. I felt excited when the lights dimmed and the play was about to begin. The auditorium was spacious enough that even though there were a lot of people at the play it didn't feel crowded which added to the experience. Where we are plays and important role on whether or not we are able to live the good life. We can see this in the play since a lot of the characters were suffering from poverty because of the low paying jobs of the industrial revolution.

I attended the performance with two friends. On the way to the performance we read over the description of the performance given to us in the canvas page. Going with friends definitely made the experience better. Not only because it was fun going with them but also because it was nice to talk about the play afterwards. We all experienced it differently and had different thoughts on it which sparked a discussion thus enriching the experience. Sharing experiences is very important when it comes to living the good life. Human are social creatures and in a way we need each other to survive and enjoy things.

This performance definitely changed the way about how I think of modern movies. While back then people and the church were fighting to stop plays from portraying and glorifying an adulterous life today that fight has long been lost. The central issue of the story was that the church didn't want the play to defile their city. I knew a good amount about poverty brought on by the industrial revolution but I didn't know much about the church's role in theater. The play didn't really change my views on the subject too much, I still think that authors and playwrights should be allowed to have whatever they want on their plays as long as it isn't considered vulgar by the audience and as long as it is age appropriate.

I feel like this play didn't just talk about the church and the role that it played on theater. I think the play is also about a boy that is trying to break the cycle of poverty that is going on in his family. This is the part of the story that I felt most emotionally connected with. I think that there is definitely room for "katharsis" in both cases. I think that the play lends itself for discussion and reflection.

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