Already closed | 2h 30m | Midtown W

Burn This

From 395 member  reviews
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. More…

'Burn This' tells the story of four New Yorkers whose lives are uprooted by a young dancer's accidental death. Set in downtown New York in the raw and gritty 1980s, the combustible drama explores the spiritual and emotional isolation of the dangerous, sexy, raw, and demanding Pale (Adam Driver) and the modern dancer Anna (Keri Russell), and their tempestuous relationship after the two iconoclasts are brought together in the wake of a life-changing personal tragedy. Directed by Tony Award winner Michael Mayer.

2h 30m | Already closed | Hudson Theatre (Midtown W)

Member Reviews (395)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great acting, Funny, Absorbing, Entertaining, Intense
79
Avg Score

79
Dated, Unconvincing plot, Strong acting, Funny, Riveting

See it if you want entertainmt. BT lacks depth, but is funny/engaging. Plot makes no sense (why are lovers obsessed?). About journey, not destination.

Don't see it if you want real insights or believable-consistent chars. Still, Driver commands stage; Uranowitz delivers. Polished prodn. Missing pathos.

55
Misogynistic, Noinsensical, Cliched, Boring, Disappointing

See it if you must see these actors live. Unfortunately,​ Russell is not at her best. Driver does a good job with his cartoon of a character.

Don't see it if this is overly dated, incoherent, meandering and sophomoric. At the end of act 1 nothing is built to want to come back for more.

Also Russell's character's reaction to utter abuse seemed offensive and mis... Read more Read less

57
Unfocused, Boring, Slow, Disappointing

See it if You are a big fan of one of the stars and want to see them on stage.

Don't see it if You dislike slow paced shows. There are many scenes of lots of a talking w/ little to no action or development. I found it pretty boring.

91
Intense, Great writing, Entertaining, Great acting, Funny

See it if You like your Broadway served with a heaping side dish of male testosterone. The three male actors excel here with a great script.

Don't see it if You’re easily offended by men being men. Lots of coarse language and enough actions to set the #metoo movement back to the Stone Age.

Also My one real critique here is with the set design. My seat was four sea... Read more Read less

85
Funny, Great acting, Entertaining, Clever

See it if Stellar performances by all, especially Drier who commanded the stage. A well-crafted show that felt complete. I was engaged throughout.

Don't see it if You don't like Adam Driver or don't like shows about relationships and New York City.

62
Overrated, Insipid, Disappointing, Dated, Banal

See it if Russell and Driver are very good, chemistry is not so good between them. Has some funny moments in the show.

Don't see it if Poorly directed. 1987 at Plymouth was much better with Malkovich and co. Cast and direction just doesnt work.

80
Dated, Cliched, Passionate, Funny, Romantic

See it if Driver lords over the theater with his passion, emotion & wit. His impositions are scary & fun. Rom-com w/many cheesy one-liners.

Don't see it if Russell is less charismatic, but maybe it’s just her dated gender role. The audience recognizes the formula & knows where it’s going.

72
Slow burn, Implausible, Dated, Disappointing, Great performance

See it if you want to see Adam Driver smolder as a lumbering, damaged brute, teetering between menace & seduction in a tepid Lanford Wilson revival.

Don't see it if you expect any sparks between Driver & Russell; you're tired of the flaming "gay best friend" stereotype to provide comic relief.

Also Lanford Wilson wrote one of the great entrances ever for Pale (and I s... Read more Read less

65
Indulgent, Fascinating, Inconsistent, Disappointing, Romantic

See it if you're sitting in the first few rows. Keri Russell's performance is probably really great when its viewed from there.

Don't see it if you want to see a piece that hangs together tonally and isn't just a vehicle for its two leads to take big swings (one hit, one miss).

85
Quirky, Edgy, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if Fan of Director & cast, curious about this play, enjoy dramedy romances, sharp gay humor, quirky disturbing characters,

Don't see it if Don’t like slightly incredulous plots & horribly mismatched lovers, frightening threatening character, dislike gay characters or gay humor

83
Intelligent, Great acting, Funny

See it if you enjoy shows about strange and complicated relationships that are both dramatic and funny.

Don't see it if you prefer something pretty mindless and fluffy. If you're looking to just unwind and relax, this is probably not the show for you.

90
Edgy, Riveting, Entertaining, Great acting, Great writing

See it if you want to see 4 good actors bring a very well-written recent period of life to amazing, realistic and refreshing performance on a nice set

Don't see it if you don't like to live for 2+ hours with other peoples problems or cannot adjust to the way things were decades ago that are not PC today.

76
Funny, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you like a well acted story with humor and good dialogue.

Don't see it if you like a strong and intelligent woman who acts intelligently. This show could have been called The Odd Couple Behaving Stupidly.

Also I enjoyed the humor and the witty dialogue but I was a bit depressed w... Read more Read less

81
Edgy, Quirky, Great acting, Funny, Absorbing

See it if funny/entertaining/pleasantly surprised; Driver is a tsunami that constantly crashes/ebbs/crashes, etc.

Don't see it if everyone is good but the force is with Driver; I find Russell to be tame yet much more appealing than what the critics say.

69
Overrated, Cliched, Dated, Disappointing, Funny

See it if you are a fan of Adam Driver or Kerri Russell.

Don't see it if you want to see a play that shows Lanford Wilson at his best. It was chosen to cash in on the current popularity of the two stars' TV fame.

Also Adam Driver is a force of nature, but his oversized performance dimini... Read more Read less

81
Funny, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you want to see Adam Driver's hilarious and captivating performance. Keri Russell is also good, but not the standout.

Don't see it if you don't like character-driven plays or want to see something that feels fresh and less dated in 2019.

76
Intense, Quirky, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You want to see Adam Driver and Brandon Uranowitz be EXCELLENT. Great staging, frenetic, funny, and intense. Not all characters are likeable

Don't see it if You can't deal with misogyny, a weird stockholm syndrome, or the occasional inability to understand the dialogue.

82
Driver eats up the stage

See it if Interesting plot and characters but the main reason to see this revival is Adam Driver. His outlandish character is up to Adam's new persona

Don't see it if Brandon Uranowitz is fine as the gay roommate. Adam's character is loud but sensitive and vulnerable, too. That's why Keri falls for him.

Also I saw Adam's very first stage appearance in "Slipping" at Rattlestick ... Read more Read less

77
Pointless, Overrated, Cliched, Disappointing

See it if you like tv stars looking pretty.Plot revolves around woman choosing between a good man and an abusive one.VERY disappointing in this era.

Don't see it if you want a strong woman, subtle acting, nuanced characters, empowering work. Nope not in this one.

69
Uneven, Romantic, Intense, Riveting

See it if you want to see Adam Driver's over the top performance.

Don't see it if you expect the others to match Driver's performance. Hard to understand the sexual chemistry as Driver's character overpowered Russell's.

70
I remember this play as poweful and magnetic. this is not.

See it if You are interested in the principles. or Wilson.

Don't see it if You dont want to hear Driver, mostly yelling, in an odd voice. You dont want to have to wait for Russell to speak her lines.

Also This felt under rehearsed in it's final week. I really couldn't rememb... Read more Read less

69
Overrated, Disappointing

See it if you enjoy seeing Adam Driver shine in a piece revived just for him

Don't see it if like creative and entertaining revivals

83
Cliched, Funny, Intelligent, Absorbing

See it if Driver's performance; drama about relationships & grief (including guilt); humor provided by the wisecracks of Uranowitz's character

Don't see it if lengthy emotional rapid-fire outbursts (Driver's!); while this is about disparate people getting together - don't see chemistry here*

Also Russell's character is too placid from the beginning - this is probabl... Read more Read less

52
A powerful soporific, Excruciating, Cliched, Dated, Tiresome

See it if you, like many, enjoy the 12-week wonder of a play: limited run, big stars, mediocre play, or if you are a fan of the leads.

Don't see it if you're expecting a gripping drama -- this ain't it.

Also Based on my personal rule of if I'm bored in the first 20 minutes, it ... Read more Read less

80
Ambitious, Quirky, Thought-provoking, Dated

See it if You want to see Adam Driver explode onto the stage. Seems a bit mismatched with Keri Russell but she looked the part of a dancer.

Don't see it if You have issues with a dated storyline. Could be slow moving in parts.

Also It was delightful to watch Brandon Uranowitz in his role. He kept the ... Read more Read less


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 hear...
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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 ...
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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 Drive...
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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, ...
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