French playwright Reza had a big hit with her first Broadway play, Art, which won a Tony Award for Best Play. Her second New York premiere, The Unexpected Man played Off-Broadway in 2000.
In Life, a couple are putting their son to bed when their dinner guests arrive — 24 hours early! The unexpected evening then splits into three possible outcomes — hence the play's title.
Reza has never lacked for star talent in her works. Art debuted in New York with Victor Garber, Alan Alda and Alfred Molina and proceeded to host a series of boldface casts, as did the original London production. Unexpected Man, meanwhile, starred Eileen Atkins and Alan Bates.
Life x 3 was first seen at the National Theatre in December 2000, from where it moved to the Old Vic in February 2001.