Burn This
Closed 2h 30m
Burn This
79

Burn This NYC Reviews and Tickets

79%
(409 Ratings)
Positive
85%
Mixed
14%
Negative
1%
Members say
Great acting, Funny, Absorbing, Entertaining, Intense

About the Show

Three-time Emmy Award nominee Adam Driver ("Star Wars: The Last Jedi") and Golden Globe Award winner Keri Russell ("The Americans") star in the first-ever Broadway revival of Lanford Wilson’s acclaimed play.

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Show-Score Member Reviews (409)

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70 Reviews | 1 Follower
100
Srama, Absorbing, Clever, Entertaining, Intense

See it if was lucky enough to see it twice. Once with John Malkovich & the other time with Eric Roberts in the lead. Both brought a new element to it.

Don't see it if intense drama...

120 Reviews | 12 Followers
100
Relevant, Funny, Great acting, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if You want a multi-faceted story, each character with their own dysfunction. Acting by all characters was very good!

Don't see it if You don't like straight acting.

129 Reviews | 18 Followers
100
Romantic, Great acting, Clever

See it if Love great acting and great writing Adam Driver is great!

Don't see it if If you’re not romantic

311 Reviews | 45 Followers
96
Masterful, Great writing, Intense, Great acting

See it if You enjoy fine acting & a play by Lanford Wilson. Actors hold the audience in the palms of their hands. Laughter & drama!

Don't see it if You only like musicals.

137 Reviews | 13 Followers
95
Raunchy, Riveting, Great acting

See it if you want to see Adam Driver catching fire

Don't see it if you are sensitive to strong language Read more

124 Reviews | 37 Followers
95
Funny, Entertaining, Must see, Great acting, Clever

See it if You like a resonating well acted funny play about grief and love.

Don't see it if You don’t like plays with profanity and about relationships, love and art

324 Reviews | 71 Followers
94
Thought-provoking, Resonant, Masterful, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if Talented cast gets past characters who could easily fall into boring stereotypes; root for each of the characters despite their obvious flaw

Don't see it if Dialogue reflecting the prejudices of the 1980s can be jarring; Never really gets past the point of predictability

57 Reviews | 6 Followers
94
Entertaining, Refreshing, Must see, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You want to see 2 well known actors perform live.

Don't see it if you think hollywood actors can't act.

Critic Reviews (50)

The New York Times
April 16th, 2019

"If Driver bestrides 'Burn This' like a colossus — everyone else seems to shrink beneath his shadow when he’s onstage....Mayer’s version, the play might be titled 'Waiting for Pale.' This is partly because Ms. Russell...never seems in any way undone...This 'Burn This'...only rarely stirs the heart. In the ideal production, it creates the sense of fire meeting fire in a folie à deux between two ill-matched yet inexorably bound lovers. What we have in this case is a one-man conflagration."
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Time Out New York
April 16th, 2019

“Driver gives it everything he’s got. He’s terrific, and slightly terrifying...Pale is irresistible to Anna, too, and that’s where the Broadway revival of Lanford Wilson’s 1987 quasi-romance bumps up against its own limitations...The play features highly actable parts...Yet Anna is, for the most part, a noncharacter...After an angry first scene, she fades into a frustrating gray...Anna exists to be fought over and passed around, and even when she asserts herself, she is not to be believed.”
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New York Magazine / Vulture
April 16th, 2019

“Mayer’s revival...is pretty dang good — mostly because, playing the human furnace at its center, Adam Driver is straight-up great...The play’s inherent risk, though, is that Pale will eclipse Anna by sheer force of personality, and despite Russell’s best efforts, this ‘Burn This’ is indeed Driver’s show...Driver keeps the show aloft...And he’s funny as heck...Driver’s performance is certainly this production’s crown jewel.”
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The Wall Street Journal
April 18th, 2019

"No amount of high-class craftsmanship can conceal the fact that 'Burn This' is a smiley-faced variation on 'A Streetcar Named Desire'...The four parts are respectively played by Keri Russell, Adam Driver, David Furr and Brandon Uranowitz, all of whose performances have a shallow, one-notey feel. While I suspect that Michael Mayer’s direction is at least as much to blame for their collective lack of intensity, Mr. Driver is glaringly miscast as Pale."
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Deadline
April 16th, 2019

“’Burn This’s’ flaws have been there from the start...Russell, so good in 'The Americans', is just no match for either Driver or the stage. Her performance here is flat, her delivery single-note...So what’s needed? I’d say passion, or at least chemistry. But Russell’s Anna just hasn’t the emotional weight to provide the heft needed for an equal and opposite reaction to Driver’s Pale.”
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New York Daily News
April 16th, 2019

“There is very much to like about Driver’s performance...The problem with this production is that it doesn't spend enough time at either end of the dial...While I don't doubt some will rail against ‘Burn/This’ and its tropes as a dated piece...Wilson was so compassionate and haunting a writer that his play was, and is, filled with comfort, and some challenge, for everyone. As its title implies, 'Burn/This' is complex and dangerous; it is worth more risk.”
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Variety
April 16th, 2019

“A finely-tuned revival that features incendiary performances by Driver and Russell, playing two lost souls in a powerful and passionate dance of denial...Vital to the success of this fascinating, flawed and overlong play is the casting, especially in the leads that require an audience to believe that such disparate people can find a safe haven in each other’s arms...Driver is riveting here, and audiences will identify with Anna’s dilemma of both wanting him to leave and needing him to stay.”
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The Hollywood Reporter
April 16th, 2019

“In a performance of astonishing physicality...Driver maintains that dangerous energy...It's a credit then to the luminous Russell and the two supporting actors that nobody gets swallowed up in Pale's vortex...Wilson's play remains a compelling account of love...In choosing to dial up the humor, Mayer has undercut the anguish that is the drama's foundation, exposing ‘Burn This’ as just a circuitous journey to an inevitable romantic conclusion...Still, this is a dynamic production.”
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