Monday, October 14, 2002

Life x 3

Anja Rau reviews Life x 3, a play by Yasmina Reza. Reza's Art was a big hit in London and Broadway. Life x 3 looks at the same event three times, and each time small changes lead to remarkable differences. Anja finds that a crucial weakness lies in the absence of clear dramatic punctuation, and that punctuation is crucial for hyperdramatic structure. "A play that uses few visual markers and relies on natural language and gestures," she concludes, has a very hard time emplying hypertextual techniques that really work."