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Seattle Gay Scene: Rimini Protokoll at On the Boards is perfect example of Art vs Technology = Art May 8, 2010

Michael Strangeways:

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.

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This is your choice May 8, 2010

by Jason Rowley

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Seattlest: May 7, 2010

Amy Mikel:

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.

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The SunBreak: Rimini Protokoll Takes on the Game of Life...Choices May 7, 2010

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. This was anxiety-producing for me, a Zaxxon low-scorer, but I needn't have worried; I spent most of the evening with a goofy grin on my face, and giggles and yelps of laughter were widespread.

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sweet "analogue" moments May 7, 2010

by Jeanmarie Higgins

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

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

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

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!"

Read the full review.

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

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

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.

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Videogame controllers and books May 4, 2010

The set is still coming in and now the videogame controllers are being unpacked. Check it out:

gamecontroller and book
[Photo by Lane Czaplinski]

The book, Rimini Protokoll: Experts of the Everyday, contains essays and background info on Rimini Protokoll.

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