Burn This
Closed 2h 30m
Burn This
79

Burn This NYC Reviews and Tickets

79%
(406 Reviews)
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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Member Reviews (406)

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866 Reviews | 898 Followers
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. Read more

841 Reviews | 1006 Followers
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.

963 Reviews | 338 Followers
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.

929 Reviews | 379 Followers
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. Read more

942 Reviews | 225 Followers
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.

765 Reviews | 212 Followers
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.

507 Reviews | 1867 Followers
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.

703 Reviews | 213 Followers
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.

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 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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Entertainment Weekly
April 16th, 2019

“Mayer’s kinetic, consistently engaging production...Pale is a fantastically chewy part...And Driver owns every moment of it...Russell looks gorgeous...But she doesn’t seem entirely comfortable on stage...Driver moves through it all like his own weather system, maybe the most entertaining hurricane onstage this year...It’s too bad that the love story between Anna and Pale never completely convinces us that they are in fact, on fire; it sparks and smolders, but it’s not quite that kind of burn.”
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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 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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The Observer
April 17th, 2019

“Nasty and big as a tree, Driver’s Pale is a one-note samba in a play that cries out for subtlety and nuance. There is nothing about Driver that inspires sympathy...In the shadow of his loutish and overwhelming performance...Russell seems colorless...’Burn This’ offers a chance to absorb a play that is based on the ...writing instead of the...’concept’...Even if this production offers more ashes than flames...’Burn This’ is still earnest, riveting and well worth a visit.”
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