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Life x 3: A Play (Faber Plays) Paperback – October 17, 2001

ISBN-13: 978-0571207381 ISBN-10: 0571207383 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Series: Faber Plays
  • Paperback: 84 pages
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber; 1st edition (October 17, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0571207383
  • ISBN-13: 978-0571207381
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,176,521 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for the London premiere of Life X 3 by Yasmina Reza:

"[Reza] has perfected the technique of combining light comedy with the play of ideas . . . [Life X 3]is clever, it's elegant, it's entertaining."--Charles Spencer, The Daily Telegraph

"[Reza] is the most exported living playwright on the planet, a woman whose culturally rich background has given her real insight into the melting pot of today's society . . . Life X 3 ruminate[s] on man's place in the universe . . . Her amalgamation of laughs with smart arguments and flashes of raw emotion is a crowd-pulling recipe . . . [Her] social satire is often cryingly funny."--Kate Bassett, The Independent

"Alan Ayckbourn meets Edward Albee . . . The writing is sharp, the observation spot-on."--Georgina Brown, Mail on Sunday

"The Grand Chaos Theory . . . is applied to a Parisian dinner-party in Yasmina Reza's delightful . . . comedy of manners. Life X 3 is designed to show how chance, with its impact upon our actions and behaviour, changes everything . . . A wicked pleasure to behold. Miss Reza is a star-reporter at the sex-war front and a thorough mocker of male pretensions."--Nicholas de Jongh, The Evening Standard

"Adroitly translated by Christopher Hampton . . . LIfe X 3 amounts to pleasure-in-triplicate."--Paul Taylor, The Independent

About the Author

Yasmina Reza, born in Paris in 1959, is an acclaimed playwright, screenwriter, and novelist. Her first play, Conversations Après un Enterrement (Conversations After a Burial) won her the 1987 Molière Award for Best Author along with a Johnson Foundation Award and a SACD New Talent Award. Her other works for the theater include Art and The Unexpected Man. She lives in Paris.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mary Whipple HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on June 26, 2004
Format: Paperback
This clever, light comedy, written in 2000, presents the same basic reality in three different ways in three different acts. Sonia and Henri, a married couple with a small child, are relaxing after putting their recalcitrant son to bed. Suddenly, Ines and Hubert, guests whom they had expected the following evening, arrive for dinner, which, in this emergency, turns out to be "chocolate fingers" and "crisps." Henri is an astrophysicist who has devoted three years to a research project which is about to be published, and Hubert tells him that night that another researcher may have beaten him to the publisher. Hubert, also an astrophysicist, may be able to help Henri professionally.
In each of the three acts, which replay this scenario, one or more characters changes, dramatically affecting the dynamics of the group and the outcome of the evening. In Act I, Sonia is rigid and assertive, while Henri is the opposite, wanting to placate both their screaming son and Hubert, who can help him professionally. In Act II, sexual politics becomes a focus, with Hubert and Sonia agreeing to an assignation, until Hubert's self-promotion and condescension, combined with intemperate remarks by Ines, bring the evening to a disastrous close. In Act III, everyone is more relaxed and is conversing about "unity theory." Both couples are patient with the child upstairs, Henri has more confidence, he is sanguine about the research of the other scientist, and Hubert, while insensitive in his relationships, is not a complete dolt.
As astrophysicists, both Henri and Hubert have been studying "unity theory," a theory connecting the fundamental forces of the universe and explaining interactions, and the author illustrates this visually through the action on stage.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By H. Schneider on March 18, 2009
Format: Paperback
Reza boosted her fame when Czar Cosy asked her to write about him, and she did that during his election campaign, and it was a success and he won the elections. The man is smart. And I like his wife's music.

But let's return to Reza. She was already a famous playwright in France, otherwise the man would not have chosen her.
Apart from that I know little about her.

She wrote a play called, in English, Life x 3. I would never have noticed it, frankly, if not for the following personal reason: my daughter, the younger one, is a gifted amateur actress and theater person with years of track record in school theaters. Her triumph was her direction of Ionesco's Lesson. As an actress, she sparkled as Philomele, her last part before school was over.

Now as a new out-of-schooler in a gap year, her first acting job (after an unfortunately failed attempt to stage Glass Menagerie, where she would have had the role of the daughter) was in Life x 3. It is a 4 persons play. My daughter was the 5th, the little son who cries behind stage. A bit of a let-down after years of fame.

A play about two couples. One visiting the other for a dinner party. The problem is that there was a misunderstanding about dates. The hosts were thinking in terms of tomorrow. Difficult, because the guest is the host's superior in the world of science (cosmology) with presumed influence on career prospects. You can see right away that this is getting difficult. The senior man asks about the forthcoming publication on the halos of milky ways or something like that. It is ready! But have you seen the recent publications by such and such on the same subject?
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