Comments on <i>Best Before</i> May 7, 2010

by Jessica

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 interesting moments; for example, at one point the audience was made to realize that armies are inevitably necessary, and that risk is inherent in both life and games.

At the end of two hours, the performance had pretty much ground me to a halt.   There was little new happening in the performance, and felt no "challenge", as one might expect in quality art.   My overall...

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Teen Tix: "Gaming the Play" May 7, 2010

by Jessica

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!"

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Seattle Times: <i>Best Before</i> is audience-friendly fun May 7, 2010

by Jessica

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. That may be because it was developed in Vancouver, B.C., with the PuSH International Performing Arts Festival, as part of the city's recent Cultural Olympiad."

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Rimini Protokoll | <i>Best Before</i> May 7, 2010

by Tania Kupczak

Did you come see the show? What was your experience of participating in the video game? Leave us a comment with your thoughts.

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Best Before May 7, 2010

by Craig Snyder

Navigation. Steer as you might as an interactive player in this engaging show, you will still find yourself at the mercy of others. An endearing cast made up of non-actors,  ”˜Best Before’ is not a refined piece of theater, or even technology. But because of that, the element of chance makes it engaging theater for the viewer. The representation of each audience member in the virtual world of Best Land is filled with opportunities to select your own path. Often based on overt declarations within the interactive game, the script does little to reveal the complexity of living a life filled with everyday decisions and interactions. However, having a cast of individuals from everyday life providing the narrative, gives the audience a chance to reflect on their own lives in relationship to what they have become within the game. And just as in real life, the most poignant moments are unscripted. Nearly at the end of the performance, a...

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Bestland - Canada Style vs. Seattle Style May 6, 2010

by Monique

When I attended Rimini Protokoll’s Best Before in Canada, I experienced both a new theater venue and a new type of performance. Never having attended a highly produced theater piece where the performers were not professional actors but "life experts" and this being my first show at The Cultch, I sat in the seats holding my video game controller with anticipation. As I was introduced to the show and its participants, I felt anxious to use the controller that sat in my lap – how to navigate my personal avatar on-screen, how to make my character someone I wanted to be.   Do I choose to make decisions similar to my own life? Or do I choose to follow the different path and see what would happen if I acted out of character? Through the repeated decisions, actions and consequences, I created an avatar whom not only had a name, status, monetary worth, but both possessions and a background of my own choosing. Narrations by the various "life experts," presumable about...

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Congrats to the winner of two 10/11 subscriptions... May 6, 2010

by Jessica

...Andyjoe!  He'll receive 2 Complete Series Subscriptions for our upcoming season.

We drew his name from this bag that contained over 100 names from everyone who commented in the past week:
1011 sub drawing

Thanks to everyone who participated!


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Congrats to Day 6's winner... May 6, 2010

by Jessica

...Renata!

Here's what she would ask an OtB artist:

My question is similar to Jeanna’s. What drives them to create and keep performing in spite of the fact that, in many cases, they can’t make their living out of their art?

Read other questions people proposed. Everyone who left a response is now entered to win two 10/11 subscriptions!

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