The Divine Andres duarte

The Spatial Experience

I arrived thirty minutes before the show begun to ensure a desirable seat. Once I arrived, the line was incredibly long, so my friend Hannah chatted with the people around us, and took several pictures. Since the auditorium was located in the Reitz Union, the familiarity of the location set a relaxed and calmed temperament. As I go into the auditorium, I was seated towards the back row in the middle of the section. Once the play started, the lights dimmed, focusing the attention to the actors. My seat had an excellent view, which amplified my experience. It felt as if the characters were right in front of me performing for me. Throughout the play the auditorium felt like a vast and grandiose Amphitheatre. During dramatic moments of the play, the characters voice would resonate throughout the hall, which complimented the climactic moment. This play reflects the good life because the play reflects the hard knocks of families during that era.


The day of the performance I was eager yet slightly apathetic. As a music performance major, I have a deep appreciation for the arts and musicals. But, a few of my friends who had seen this play told me it was boring and dull. Fortunately, I did not attend the play alone. I went with my friend Hannah, who is also taking IUF1000. Going to see a play with a friend definitely enhances the performance because you can discuss favorite moments, any significant symbolism, and share a few laughs in between. My preparation for the play was just another like another regular night out. I showered, wore pants, a shirt, and put on some cologne. I had a mental approach prior to the play. I looked up some articles of “The Divine” to get a better perspective, which I recommend for others to do. The role of the good life has taught me that moments are better spent when you experience them with the ones you love.


The play showed me the difficulties many families faced during those times. Poor American families were trapped working long hours in a factory being forced to suck up to greedy, harsh managers. Many underage children were working dangerous positions to keep the family afloat. Mothers such as Sara Bernhart were blinded by financial struggles to forbid their child from working and putting their lives in danger. I was aware that child labor was still occurring during the early 1900’s but I was not aware at how severe they were. This play exemplifies all the social pressures within a struggling family. The play also discusses upon many stigmas within the Catholic Church. One big eye opener was how a priest sexually abused Leo and Brother Casgrain covers it up. This play starts out as a comedy, but leads into an emotional roller coaster of fatal hardships and a tragic ending.

Emotional Experience

The Divine gives us an opportunity for catharsis through the internal struggles portrayed in the Talbot family. It also portrays sexual abuse, poor working conditions, poverty, and the loss of a child. These less than noble qualities do not make a person bad or less desirable. These experiences are what make us human. We are constantly learning lessons and we are always going to be students of life. It is the hardships life throws us that define true character. This play provides real life issues, it doesn’t sugar coat anything. This play gave me an appreciation of my life and the wonderful opportunities that I am given.

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