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
75
Avg Score

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

76
Clever, Absorbing, Ambitious, Confusing, Thought-provoking

See it if you were looking for an interesting approach to a story you were looking

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

76
Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Disappointing

See it if you know and like Reza's style of theater: literate, cute, well-crafted but lacking in emotional or real intellectual depth. Parisian!

Don't see it if you are seeking a rich theatrical experience. There is enjoyment in the play and a challenge to make sense of the structure, but bit empty.

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

80
A small, inconsequential play that's smashingly well done. see if it you like reza's work.

See it if you like plays with a nasty bite. This is drawing-room comedy on a collision course with "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf."

Don't see it if you would get bored by constant dialogue with little physical movement. All the movement is in the parry and thrust of the conversation.

Also This is my third encounter with a Yasmina Reza play. I saw the origina... Read more Read less

70
Confusing, Disappointing, Great acting, Entertaining, Fluffy

See it if You like one story being told from different angles

Don't see it if You are tired of the mean when the same story is being told from different angels

76
Clever, Funny, Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent

See it if Great writing. Great acting. Short, but compelling.

Don't see it if You like large productions. This was a small show in a small setting.

78
Clever, Entertaining, Thought-provoking

See it if You enjoy sharp witty and sometimes caustic dialogue.

Don't see it if You can't understand an English accent, although not a harsh one

81
Absorbing, Great writing, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Intense

See it if You like rapid-fire dialogue a la Pinter, intense relationship dramas, and sets designed to perfectly fit small space.

Don't see it if You hate on-stage arguments fueled by alcohol.

92
Entertaining, Great writing, Intelligent, Great acting, Thought-provoking

See it if you are willing to examine social/marital dynamics from several different viewpoints

Don't see it if you prefer linear, predictable plays

88
Clever, Great acting

See it if Like looking at how small actions effect personalities.

Don't see it if you want a more linear story and plot.

70
Confusing, Slow, Disappointing

See it if If you like short-lengthen dark comedies.

Don't see it if You like more entertaining, larger productions.

78
Great writing with thought-provoking premise not meeting its potential

See it if you enjoy 3 variations on the same event, each with subtle differences examining if a changed action or word leads to different results.

Don't see it if you compare it to God of Carnage or Art. The first act did have biting humor and destructive elements of "Carnage." Never met its premise.

Also The premise of single action or word altering events was much better s... Read more Read less

84
Absorbing, Great acting, Edgy

See it if See it if you like watching people interact even if it is negative. Everyone has a different point of view. Your side, my side and the truth

Don't see it if If you do not like to watch couples who do not get a long. You may become frustrated by their interactions.

86
Witty and clever with terrific acting

See it if See it if you liked God of Carnage and enjoy contemporary plays about marriage and other relationships

Don't see it if If you did not like God of Carnage although this is not as heavy. The complexity of human relationships unfold in unexpected ways.

70
Great acting, Edgy, Quirky, Intelligent, Clever

See it if Same plot line done 3 times with slightly different perspectives.

Don't see it if You don't want to see same plot line retold - like the use of big words.

85
Clever, Entertaining, Great acting, Intelligent, Resonant

See it if You enjoy an intimate experience with great acting and a clever premise.

Don't see it if You want a major production with elaborate staging.

77
Entertaining, Great acting, Clever, Quirky

See it if you want to see smart, middle class English people reveal their true selves after much amusing talk and drink. Brilliant cast.

Don't see it if you want the play to take you somewhere--this one wheels around on itself thrice, but in surprising and interesting ways.

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

80
Clever, Funny, Great acting

See it if you like great acting, blistering zingers and the comedy to be found in the disappointments of married life.

Don't see it if you don't like intimate plays or expect a major production; or if you are offended by a less-than-rosy view of domestic life.

During previews
92
Clever, Great writing, Great acting, Intelligent, Intense

See it if You love plays where the language and the use of repetition of language cleverly nuanced is more important than the story !

Don't see it if If you can’t deal with the same story told in 3 different ways. You prefer plots that have a beginning, middle and end !

Also I loved this play as I have loved the 2 earlier plays of Yazmin Reza. ... Read more Read less

During previews
72
Interesting premise, Good acting, Slow, Uneven, Gets better

See it if 1 story 3x w new perspectives-ultimately satisfying after a bit of slog. Must pay attention 2 verbal gymnastics, but actors handle it fine.

Don't see it if Classist Brit drawing rm w unlikable characters would annoy or want more comedic fare. Once 1st story is told, it grows on you, but not easy

Also Saw this at Urban Stages at first preview.

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
75
Great acting, Great staging, Clever writing

See it if Imagine an uncomfortable social situation and how it would turn out if you had three do-overs. You are a fan of Yasmina Reza.

Don't see it if You are not interested in seeing a play with three repetitions, subtle changes, different wordings, and viewpoint adjustments.


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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