Best Before is that odd conundrum/enigma of a "play" that's not really a "play" in the traditional sense of the word, but in reality, and in it's completed state, it manages to BECOME a play, meaning that you meet characters, go on a journey and experience complicated human emotions and feeling. There IS growth, and warmth, and fear, and humor, and birth, and death, and longing, and love, and hate and all the other emotions we need to feel/experience in order to be fully realized human beings.
The gaming is fun, yes, but Best Before delivers that fun with a steady, tangible reality ”¦ and in some odd circular sense, the experience of the show is reality.
And reality reared its ugly head as the performance last night suffered a technical glitch that crashed the program near the game’s culmination point. Here the “life experts ” had to scramble to deliver the show’s closing without the planned-for technical oomph. But it wasn’t awkward; it was an experience.
Michael van Baker:
All I knew about Rimini Protokoll's Best Before show at On the Boards (through May 9, tickets $24) was that it somehow involved video-game controllers and would last two hours.
When the show first started, I was psyched. Live people! A stage! I liked the premise & everything started well. I was disappointed that one particular friend of mine had been unable to attend, because he develops games for phones & absolutely lives for these types of concepts.
The first half hour was great, and the audience was enjoying the show as much as I was. It was novel, easy to participate, and showed promise. The following hour seemed to be the same as the first half hour, but with the novelty worn away. There were a few inte
From Monet C:
"Starting with a solo guitar with a coffee house vibe, this play/video game soars after the first five minutes and continually amazes with the twists and turns of our choices. It is like nothing that I have ever seen before!"
From Michael Upchurch:
"Best Before is the latest production by the Berlin-based theater troupe, key figures in Europe's Reality Trend movement ("Theater der Zeit"). Far from being intimidating in feel, the "show" is warm, informal, even neighborly.
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