Life x 3
Also see Susan's review of The Tempest
The focus of the piece is on two couples. As the four gather for a rather disjointed evening, topics arise that include child rearing, infidelity and physics. Each scene disintegrates into some sort of confrontation. The result is rather tiresome. Even a discussion about the value of humanity does not succeed in being provocative. The individual segments seem to go nowhere, creating a theatrical experience that fails to be intellectually or emotionally satisfying.
The cast does their best with the material. Each couple has good chemistry. David Fendig (Henry) does a great job of portraying the many facets of an ambitious researcher. Chandler Vinton (Sonia) as his wife plays off him well. A very strong performance is given by Kathryn Kelley (Inez) as the beleaguered wife of a high ranking scientist. That scientist is played by Paul Morella (Hubert) and he does so with the appropriate mix of intelligence and shiftiness.
The set by James Kronzer is suited for the piece. The set works with the theme of the show by rotating and creating a different view for each scene. Additionally, Kathleen Geldard’s costumes fit the character’s individual style.
Life x 3 has an interesting concept that created a host of possibilities. Unfortunately, the play does not live up to its potential. Life x 3 runs through May 1st at Roundhouse’s Bethesda location.
Round House Theatre
Cast List: David Fendig, Kathryn Kelley, Paul Morella, Chandler Vinton