The Spatial Experience: The physical setting of the theatre is what sets apart actually going to the theatre and just watching a play or musical on your computer screen. I arrived at the Constans quite early and was able to be seated extremely close to the front of the auditorium. This seat allowed me to really take in the performance and feel the raw emotions coming from the actors and actresses. When the lights dimmed, the audience quieted, as snow fell on the stage. Everyone was fixated on the beautiful set design and what seemed like magic that only theatre can make us feel.
The Social Experience: I attended the play alone due to my limited availability. However, I quickly became acquainted with those around me and was able to share this experience with them. Going alone, I did not really know what to expect, I just threw on a jacket and headed to the theatre and I am glad that I did because it was an eye opening and communal experience I am likely to never forget. Being able to experience this play with others around me that I did not know made me see the importance of kindness to strangers as something intertwined with what should be considered a good life.
The Cultural and Intellectual Experience: As I walked out of the theatre after the talk back session with the actors I was actually blown away by the performance. It contained so many themes, lessons, and messages. The exploitation of children for work, the exploitation of children by sexual predators, corruption in the church, the obsession of the rich to pay their dues by watching what poverty is like through the theatre, the list goes on. I went into the show knowing almost nothing about it, which is always the best way to go into seeing plays or musicals, in my opinion. I went to catholic school for 11 years growing up and this play shed light on many of the problems that I and many others have with the catholic church. Problems such as the rampant corruption and the covering up of sexual predators which are able to circulate parishes and continue their disgusting actions.
The Emotional Experience: This show is absolutely and completely emotionally exhausting and draining. I could not tell you the last time I felt so much emotion. I felt hope, loss, despair, happiness, everything. This show provided an opportunity for katharsis as I witnessed the best and worst of all of humanity. I was able to see Talbot, a man who was sacrificing everything, carrying the weight of the world on his shoulders, losing everything he held dearly. The show highlighted the very worst of humanity such as Talbot's assailant, and the very best of humanity such as Michaud. It made me feel what Talbot felt, made me see what terrible things that humans are capable of doing. In the end, the feeling of emotional exhaustion is why I loved this show so much. I am a firm believer that if something makes you feel, no matter good or bad, it has done its job.