Good Life Performance By Alex Smock

The Spatial Experience: As I entered the theatre, I was seated four rows from the front, central to the stage. As I entered the auditorium, I felt enthusiastic, as I had recently been told by friends who attended the previous night that the play was a true delight. It was a great seat other than when the cast used the platform beside and to the back of me. Otherwise, I feel that my seat location enhanced my experience. As the lights dimmed and the audience hushed one and other, my heart fluttered. We waited a whole 15 minutes before the play began, probably enhancing my excitement. The small infrequently visited location made it a unique experience. I believe that a place does not necessarily play a huge role in the Good Life as long as you are able to satisfy your designated values such as safety and hygiene.
The Social Experience: My suite mate and I met up with a friend of hers for the performance. We all grabbed a late lunch and walked over to the theatre together. We were able to reflect our experience and interpretations of the play and its characters in intermission and afterwards. Shared experiences is what I value the most in my form of the Good Life. I believe that experiences that you can share with others allow for a special bond to form. That is why having things in common is so important when building strong relationship foundations.
The Cultural and Intellectual Experience: This performance shed some light on my understanding of the arts in society. Even going to the play forced me out of my comfort zone. The play made several societal critiques for the time it was placed in such as child labor, Church scandals, poverty, and many others. The central issue of the performance was choosing between doing the right and easy thing. Before I attended the performance, I only knew the setting. Afterwards, I reflected upon the issues of the play in a depth that I never have considered before. The performance made me think about the value of the arts and reminded me how there will always be high temptation and pressure to take the easy way; this play has encouraged me to make choices based on what is right. The subject matter reminded me of some familial tensions that need to be mended because it is the right thing instead of taking the easy route and waiting for an apology.
The Emotional Experience: In "The Divine: A Play for Sarah Bernhardt", katharsis is offered to several characters in several moments. Some take control of those opportunities to do the right thing, while others decide to continue on the easier path. Even though Talbot takes part in katharsis, Meyer finishes his process for him. Some of the acts of "coming clean" come too late; this was seen with Leo's death. This play also allows its viewers to go through the process of katharsis as it calls upon them to question their ethical dilemmas.
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