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Life x3
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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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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. Read more

Critic Reviews (8)

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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