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

During previews
85
Clever, Great writing, Intelligent

See it if you want to see a better Meteor Shower. Same night as seen through 3 perspectives.

Don't see it if you want an action-packed show. This is a dialogue-driven play that repeats the same night 3 times.

Also Saw the first preview on Tuesday. Already much better than Meteor Show... Read more Read less

During previews
70
Great acting, Indulgent, Quirky, Slow

See it if you like Reza's works - similar structure/characters to God of Carnage and Art. First preview, no mishaps.

Don't see it if you're looking for something with substance. There are three mini-playlets (90 minutes) with the same four characters, different scenarios.

Also I had seen this 15 years ago at Circle in the Square: Helen Hunt, John... Read more Read less

During previews
77
Intelligent, Great writing, Uneven, Slow

See it if Snappy writing by Yasmina Reza, but in the end, nothing profound here. If you are ok with that, then I highly recommend this!

Don't see it if You aren't interested in British dinner party chat. This was fun and clever, but won't change your life.

During previews
72
Great acting, Quirky, Disappointing

See it if You are a fan of British dinner chatter. And seeing it in 3 variations of perspective, Good acting.

Don't see it if Not as clever or profound or developed as it could have been

During previews
80
Entertaining, Insightful, Uneven

See it if you enjoy "bourgeois dinner party" plays, that accurately capture unlikable characters, combining minute nuances with 'big question' ideas.

Don't see it if you've seen 'Repeating a Situation Multiple Times with Different Outcomes' before (and done much better), or dislike pointless adult banter

During previews
90
Clever, Funny, Great acting

See it if you have ever been in a pickle and know how it feels to be have others be critical of you when you least expect it.....

Don't see it if you do not have a sense of humor!

During previews
92
Absorbing, Clever, Edgy, Great writing, Intelligent

See it if you like "Art," or are a fan of Yasmina Reza; you like deconstructing a scene or seeing it deconstructed; you enjoy words and wordplay.

Don't see it if you are easily bored by "talky" plays; you want singing and dancing (duh, it's a PLAY); subtle wordplay and body language aren't your thing.

Also "Life X 3" succeeds where "Meteor Shower" fell short two years ago, th... Read more Read less

During previews
80
Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting, Clever

See it if You enjoy a satiric look at modern marriage among "first world", privileged folks. You relish plays by a sharp, feminist playwright.

Don't see it if You detest plays that deal with the trails & tribulations of current married life. You wish a fluffy comedy or pop musical.

Also Though I have seen two, fine plays at Urban Stages, the area where it'... Read more Read less

During previews
89
Absorbing, Clever, Entertaining, Great acting

See it if If you enjoy a play that is a clever structural conceit executed by consistently excellent performances, fine direction and a charming set.

Don't see it if If you don't like a play that takes risks by repeating its main scene with variations. It's an obvious attempt to be clever, and works.

During previews
82
Clever, Great acting, Intelligent, Great writing, Funny

See it if You love a great script carried out by great actors that displays the subtle realities of interactions between people in life

Don't see it if you love large scales plays w/a great production having amazing sets, etc

During previews
82
Clever, Delightful, Great acting, Great writing

See it if you enjoy a well-acted and written comedy about interaction one evening between 2 bourgeois Parisian couples and their annoying 6 year old

Don't see it if don't appreciate Yasmina Reza's style and didn't enjoy her play "Art".

During previews
80
Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Entertaining

See it if you would enjoy a play that explores , in different versions, how couples relate to each other.

Don't see it if you want to see a play that has a through line.

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

During previews
93
Great acting, Intelligent, Clever, Magical design, High-brow

See it if you like high-brow, dark, British comedies. And/or interested in work of Yasmina Reza. The production boasts an all-star cast.

Don't see it if you don't like repetition to showcase a point and/or you grow bored with intellectual comedies.

Also I love Yasmina Reza's plays and it was a treat experiencing one of her... Read more Read less

During previews
92
Great acting, Funny, Great staging, Must see

See it if You are a Reza fan and like dry humor

Don't see it if You're looking for a musical, something in your face, or don't have an appreciation for dry/subtle humor


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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