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Life x3

From 66 member  reviews
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. More…

Henri and Sonia are putting their son to bed when Hubert and Ines arrive for dinner, a day earlier than expected. As the evening degenerates, we see three versions of the same socially hapless evening in which the characters change subtly each time, providing a dramatically different outcome for each.

1h 30m | Already closed | Urban Stages (Chelsea)

Member Reviews (66)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great acting, Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Disappointing
75
Avg Score

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.

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.

Also I’ll be the first to admit that I just didn’t get this play...if there... Read more Read less

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.

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.

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.

83
Clever, Absorbing, Great writing, Funny, Intense

See it if You enjoy plays about couple dynamics & power plays between frenemies. You enjoy variations on a theme. You like plays in translation.

Don't see it if You don't like plays about marriage and/or friendships. You prefer a single plot & continuous story. You prefer longer, drawn out plays.

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.

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.

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.

Also Writers have power. Trust your instincts & make a decision.

57
Ambitious, Disappointing, Fluffy, Quirky

See it if You like to see one scene played in a couple different ways. An interesting exercise.

Don't see it if Seeing the same scene, however changed, gets boring and annoying. The acting was fine, but some of the dialogue was exhausting

85
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great writing, Breezy

See it if you dream up withering comebacks to slights that happened 4 days ago. This play of parallel universes is your revenge fantasy.

Don't see it if you’re a nice person who gives everyone the benefit of the doubt; you expect totally credible dinner party dialog/behavior.

Also 4 formidably self-aware social climbers call each other out on their p... Read more Read less

70
Gorgeous set, good actors, good writing. why didn't i love it?

See it if It is an exercise in POV. We see the characters in multiple resets, played differently so our perception of the roles is wildly different.

Don't see it if It is redundant. It feels slow. It truly is a slice of a night rebooted x 3. Nothing happens, its not supposed to.

69
Disappointing, Indulgent, Good acting, Good set, Slow

See it if the idea of seeing a show with 3 different versions of the same basic scenario appeals. Subtle changes in each lead to different reactions.

Don't see it if you prefer seeing one play with one conclusive ending.

Also I liked God of Carnage & Art a great deal & was looking forward to thi... Read more Read less

70
Thought-provoking & engaging (you get to decide), Great staging / clever costume-change nuances, Solid ensemble-cast / excellent smooth transitions, Quirky / short / fast-paced (thankfully) / absorbing, Weirdly interesting / different / intelligent / humorous

See it if you'd enjoy a short, well-performed, funny scene told 3 ways. You must invest in order to decide for yourself whose version is being told.

Don't see it if you expect the playwright to take you somewhere specific. Intense/jarring dialogue @ times: married couples, work-colleagues, lots of wine.

Also Three sides to every story:... Read more Read less

80
Clever, Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if This is a theatrical triptych. Three views of a disastrous dinner party and the impact of small quotidian decisions in the characters lives

Don't see it if You prefer plot driven plays. This is a play that examines small events emanating from the worst dinner party ever x 3.

76
Absorbing, Quirky, Funny, Banal

See it if If you want to see the British version of Big Bang theory. The argument ends three differing ways. The British lingo is hilarious.

Don't see it if You do not like British plays or life pieces about everyday

75
Great acting, Quirky, Great staging, Indulgent

See it if Actors were good at portraying variations on the drawing room banter. I liked the concept of changing the outcome with a nuanced do over

Don't see it if Problem was in pinpointing what changes in behavior led to the outcomes, so rehashing the situation 3x to what point?

82
Clever, Great acting, Thought-provoking

See it if you are interested in dysfunctional relationships; you are interested in how slight differences in attitude create major differences

Don't see it if you want a lot of action; you don't enjoy plays about relationships

50
Disappointing, Banal, Boring, Great acting, Great staging

See it if Yasmine Reza has manipulating through dialog the story; without adding relevancy or meaning to it. The acting and directing was excellent.

Don't see it if you want to see good theatre

70
Clever, Great writing, Funny, Ambitious

See it if There is so much to like about this play by Tony Award winner Yasmina Reza. A very nice set and lighting design. Four interesting actors.

Don't see it if The problem is the relationships are not believable. The British accents are sometimes garbled. Very sophisticated language.

Also A highly intelligent script depicting two couples whose relationships ... Read more Read less

79
Clever, Great acting, Great writing, Ambitious, Intelligent

See it if you enjoy great acting and theater that explores variations on at theme - the same dinner party three times, wordplay, and relationships.

Don't see it if you don't have some patience for repetition. And don't enjoy small intimate theater.

70
Absorbing, Great staging, Great acting

See it if Absorbing play about the life of 2 couples told over and over again in one evening. Think Rashomon.

Don't see it if If repetition isn't your bag, but this was well don...

72
Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting

See it if Reza has a great ear for contemporary mores and foibles. You see yourself onstage and you laugh.

Don't see it if you are looking for depth. It's not clear what is uncovered by starting the play three times. In the end Reza has little to say.

Also The actors are terrific. The script is witty, but empty.

70
Clever, Entertaining, Funny

See it if You like to see how one situation can be construed 3 different ways

Don't see it if you are looking for a musical

68
Great acting, Relevant, Slow, Disappointing, Confusing

See it if You like the the same story with three different outcomes and personalities

Don't see it if You don’t care about their problems


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 cir...
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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 cha...
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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...
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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 provi...
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