Reviewed by Paula Citron
Talk about the different. The German group Rimini Protokoll has come up with a performance installation called Best Before that includes everyone in the audience handling a computer controller.
Rimini Protokoll does not use actors, but rather “experts in life”. You may remember my review of a Festival TransAmériques/Rimini Protokoll show a couple of years ago that featured real life Swiss model railroad enthusiasts.
The video game is called Bestland and is an amusing survey about people’s ethos – such as should heroin be made legal, and do you admit to having an out-of-wedlock child. Each audience member has an avatar with a name, and we build profiles of the personality depending on the choices we make.
The performers are low key and the production is laid back. A mildly entertaining experience that needs some punch. The video game itself is not very exciting because all we do is vote on questions.
Best Before continues at the Berkeley Street Theatre until Jun. 19.
Luminato Festival/Rimini Protokoll
Created by Helgard Haug and Stefan Kaegi
Performed by Duff Armour, Brady Marks, Ellen Schultz and Bob Williams with musician Ron Samworth
Berkeley Street Theatre Downstairs, Jun. 16 to 19, 2010