Dates: 01/10/2007 - 16/10/2007
Location: Playhouse, Sydney Opera House
LIFE X 3
by Jasmina Reza
Translated by Christopher Hampton
presented by Black Swan Theatre Company
|Ali Van Reeken|
Nominated "Best Design" 2008 Perth Theatre Trust Equity Guild Awards
Hurrah Black Swan. Why don’t you do things like this all the time? Life x3 is a funny, raw, slightly absurd urban drama about the stresses that husband and wife Henry and Sonia face when their VIP dinner guests Inez and Hubert arrive a day too early for dinner. ... The set of Life x3 was funky and comfy looking with modern furniture and a plush neon yellow carpet covering the stage that I just wanted to crawl up to and fall asleep on. It is rarely I feel so comfortable in a theatre environment. ... Let this be a lesson to the Perth theatre scene: new blood kicks ass. Give this woman more to direct – the actors were wonderful, there wasn’t a foot out of place and the lighting, set design and use of props, movement and the revolving stage was...sweet. It all went together so well and despite all your other doubtless brilliant reviews, I hope you can give yourselves a round of applause. It is so nice to be able to rave about a local performance for a change. I was starting to think Black Swan was inviting me as a joke – and that I’d turn up and there would be no show at all, only actors and directors ready to kill me. Hurrah again Black Swan. Keep up the good work – use this as a starting point to just get better and better.
Amanda Tyler, AustStage
The underlying premise of Lifex3, that identical events take on a different perspective depending on how you view them, is artfully mirrored in John Senczuk's handsome shagpile sitting-room set, in which the circle of furniture revolves and three doors become different entry points for each of the scenes.
Victoria Laurie, The Australian
Life x 3 is a witty, satirical and beguiling play from a very clever writer and this production ... is highly accomplished in all its tiny details.
Ron Banks, The West Australian
Director Lindy Hume has created a stylish, smart, slick production with John Senczuk's stunning set revolving to enhance the different perspectives of each replay.
Sarah McNeill, The Post