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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 !
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.
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.