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Everyday 'R2D2' machines come to life in Burnaby show première

An experimental theatre company imagines what would happen if domestic machines came to life and told their stories.

What would it look like if our domestic devices — a dishwasher, coffee maker, lawn mower or rice cooker — came to life and told us the story of their lives?

That’s what is explored in the new show Best Life, created by Maiko Yamamoto of Theatre Replacement, one of Vancouver’s most experimental performance companies.

Best Life will première at the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts on Wednesday, Nov. 2 in a four-day run.

It imagines “everyday ‘R2D2s,” machines that “make our lives better,” which teach the audience how to perform the show.

Audience participation features heavily in Best Life, as the show covers the story of 50 years in a suburban neighbourhood and asks the question “What it is we are leaving behind?”

Best Life at the Shadbolt

When: Nov. 2 to 5 at 8 p.m.
Where: Shadbolt Centre Studio Theatre (6450 Deer Lake Ave.)
Cost: $15-25, tickets available online

See the trailer for Best Life below:

Best Life Trailer from Theatre Replacement on Vimeo.

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