Already closed | 1h 30m | Chelsea

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

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.

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.

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

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

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

65
Disappointing, Fluffy, Slow

See it if Same plot line done 3 times with different perspectives. The actors try to make sense out of nonsense.

Don't see it if A very minor, pointless play that offers no insight or substance.

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

65
Funny, Great acting, Disappointing, Ambitious, Entertaining

See it if you want to laugh as young parents struggle to maintain a social life while debating disciplining or caving into the demands of a toddler.

Don't see it if you expect there to be a point to the device of repeating the 1-act play three times, each with subtle but obvious differences.

Also I'm a fan of Yasmina Reza's earlier success, "Art," so I had high expe... Read more Read less

68
Confusing, Disappointing, Slow, Dizzying, Fluffy

See it if you like English accents, otherwise was long 60 mins.

Don't see it if you were expecting (like I was) a Rashomon story.

Also All it was was a scene played 3 times over slightly differently, didn'... Read more Read less

65
Slow, Fluffy, Entertaining

See it if you are into light entertainment on a week night

Don't see it if you are not a fan of weak accents

During previews
68
Cliched, Disappointing, Slow, Indulgent

See it if You’re a rabid Yasmina Reza fan. More of her formulaic clap-trap.

Don't see it if You facility with British middle class jargon is weak. You’re easily bored.

During previews
59
Banal, Cliched, Dated, Great acting, Pointless

See it if You need a nap, have run out of Ambien, want to see yet another homage to Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf but with a British accent

Don't see it if it you can't stand shallow people pretending to be profound, don't like wasting 65 minutes on a pretentious nothing.

Also The acting was excellent, but the characters were awful. The casting w... Read more Read less

During previews
66
Slow, Dated, Cliched, Banal

See it if you love anything Yasmina Reza does

Don't see it if you bore easily from repetition, it's a long 75 minutes


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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