Life x3
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Life x3
75

Life x3 NYC Reviews and Tickets

75%
(66 Reviews)
Positive
79%
Mixed
21%
Negative
0%
Members say
Great acting, Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Disappointing

About the Show

Yasmina Reza's play, translated by Christopher Hampton, blends cruel observations with high comedy in an comic and poignant examination of our most personal intimacies and private longings.

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Member Reviews (66)

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965 Reviews | 339 Followers
75
Well acted, Engaging, Sophisticated, Pointless, Marital messes

See it if you like dissections of messy marriages and diff personalities. Much sparring, but no real revelations. Int'ing structure of 3X same scene.

Don't see it if you want depth. LIFE is absorbing & clever, but to what end? Skewers childrearing, work dynamics, marital discord. Well staged/nice set.

953 Reviews | 387 Followers
57
Disappointing, Slow, Good acting, Pointless, Irritating

See it if You think you might like a show thats part Who’s Afraid Of Virginia Woolf part Big Bang Theory. Good acting but not sure what the point was.

Don't see it if You think three versions of 2 couples fighting over the same dinner party while a baby cries might be just more irritating than it’s worth. Read more

986 Reviews | 229 Followers
65
Banal, Disappointing, Indulgent, Overrated

See it if 3 different versions of a scenario . a small theater. If a show about longings and personal reflection and intimacy catches your fancy.

Don't see it if Weak English accents bother you. If you want a show with one plot line. A show that is consistent.

814 Reviews | 221 Followers
74
Funny, Quirky, Entertaining, Great staging, Clever

See it if you'd like to view a scene from 3 perspectives, done on a nice set, well-lit with great music and good acting.

Don't see it if you expect a conclusion: you are viewing the same situation with three different presentations of the relationships among the characters.

706 Reviews | 214 Followers
85
Clever, Thought-provoking, Quirky, Funny, Incisive

See it if Interesting variations on a dinner satire where one character's degree of confidence shifts the behavior of the other characters. Well acted

Don't see it if You don't enjoy observing intricate relationship dynamics. People with thicker/thinner skin sniping at each other.

MJK
677 Reviews | 187 Followers
65
Well acted, Disappointing, Inconsequential, Wearisome, Diverting

See it if you want to see a good production of a very minor Reza work in which two glib, angst-ridden couples annoy each other in 3 different ways.

Don't see it if u expect any insight, meaning or purpose beyond delivering clever dialogue in a jaunty 75 minutes that lacks the heft of Reza's other works.

613 Reviews | 125 Followers
72
Quirky, Clever, Absorbing, Entertaining

See it if One base scene is done 3 times and alittle different each time. With each scene you learn more about each player.

Don't see it if If You want a ending.

567 Reviews | 146 Followers
70
Quirky, Great staging, Funny, Fluffy, Indulgent

See it if A dinner party relived, Rashomon-style. A pebble drops & creates either a ripple or a tidal wave.Depends on where you're seated at the table

Don't see it if Basically, just her "Carnage" tweaked 3X, but screams workshopped and the audience as guinea pigs.Writer w/o confidence is a terrible waste. Read more

Critic Reviews (8)

BroadwayWorld
November 25th, 2018

"Three chances to experience how what is wrong could go right, and three more reasons why audiences are bound to love this show...With a stellar cast that can navigate the paths of essentially three characters each with obvious ease, this production carefully presents nuances in character and circumstance...This cast is adept and skillful in their navigation of human emotions, and how realistically they can be skewed in reality."
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TheaterScene.net
November 28th, 2018

"'Life X 3' was first seen in 2003 at the Circle in the Square. This revival is tauter and funnier. Perhaps this smaller venue refracts the play in a different way, but these four actors are more convincingly real, not to mention greater pains in the butt. As the title implies, they get three chances to reveal-and revel in-their egos and idiosyncrasies, each succeeding part bringing out both nuances and bombshells."
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Theatre is Easy
November 26th, 2018

"A tumultuous evening presented three different ways, inviting reflection on the need for balance...The four cast members are an immensely versatile bunch. Director Jerry Heymann has chosen to use British accents, giving the talented actors many chances to take umbrage and wax sardonic...Composer Janet Bentley has provided ethereal, jazzy music which, at times, veers off in a direction dictated by the mathematical constant 'e.'"
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Wolf Entertainment Guide
November 25th, 2018

“Cast members...tear into their roles with a vengeance, and that breathes life into one of Reza’s lesser works...The ‘x 3’...refers to getting three different versions of a gathering...Reza has written a few funny lines, but the marital conflicts and the interplay between the couples mainly provide the humor. Although things can at moments become somewhat tedious...It is enjoyable watching the four excellent actors make the most of their roles.”
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W
November 25th, 2018

"The play appears to hedge its bets, neither making a specific point nor committing to characters while each gets a tad more civilized...Leah Curney (Ines) is the standout here. Manifesting nerves and the results of excess alcohol, authenticity rules. James Patrick Nelson needs to bone up on the script. Director Jerry Heymann could differentiate his characters more beyond what they imbibe. Use of staging area, small business, and pacing are good."
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Off Off Online
November 26th, 2018

"The excellent production is a welcome, if unusual, revival by the New Light Theater Project, which usually presents new plays...The core of the characters in the following two plays remains the same, with subtle variations under Jerry Heymann’s nuanced direction...Though 'Life x 3' seems to be about a playwright testing her quiver full of artistic tricks, they disguise a work that has more depth than is immediately apparent."
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Plays to See
November 30th, 2018

"Lacks the focus and purpose that permits each zinger to further escalate the action into childish behavior, and the incoherency of New Light Theater Project’s production seems to take out all the fun...It’s mostly snide without substance...Director Jerry Heymann follows Reza’s instruction of setting somewhat predictably, and doesn’t quite unite the cast under the game Reza is getting at. "
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M
November 30th, 2018

“We see three versions of the same evening play out...The character interactions are fascinating to watch as their personalities bounce off of each other, manifesting in different ways depending on the external factors of the night. The cast is uniformly strong...Each version of the night leaves us at the edge of our seats, wondering how and if everything will fall apart...A thrilling way to spend an evening.”
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