Ryan Cronin: Good Life Performance

When entering the theater, the stage gave off an industrial or machinery feel. This later made sense when it came to the factory. I sat in the middle of the theater which gave me a perfect view of the whole stage. When the lights dimmed and the audience quieted, I felt a sense of excitement as I waited for the play to begin. The size of the auditorium allowed for the sound to echo through the entire theater and made sure that I could clearly hear all the actors. The role of place in the Good Life is being content with where you are in life and your surroundings.
I attended the performance with my friends Kaitlyn, Aakash, and George. To get ready for the performance, we all ate dinner together and discussed what we thought the play may be about. Attending the performance enhanced my experience because it allowed me to discuss the play at both the intermission and after it was completely over. This in turn helped me get views of the play from different perspectives. The role of shared experiences in the Good Life is that they allow you to learn from others mistakes as well as help others learn from yours.
The central issue addressed in this performance is that of poverty. Coming into the play I had a pretty decent knowledge base on the subject and this play did not change my views, but concurred with them. It confirmed in my mind how horrible poverty is and how badly it can destroy lives and families. Fortunately, this subject matter does not relate to my life directly however, it does in the sense that I do work to help people in need that may be impoverished.
"The Divine: A Play for Sarah Bernhardt provides us an opportunity for katharsis by showing that in the end, "coming clean" and telling the truth can sometimes be the best thing to do, even if it's not the optimal choice at that moment in time and even if it hurts you to do so. We saw this through the protagonists struggle to tell the truth about what really happened between him and the older pastor. In the end however, we see that in the long run telling the truth was beneficial for him.

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