Already closed | 2h 30m | Midtown W

Burn This

From 402 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 (402)


Great acting, Funny, Absorbing, Entertaining, Intense

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

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.

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.

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).

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

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

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.


See it if Emotionally injured woman meets emotionally injured man and it gets complicated. Token gay (fool) character is delightful & holds the truths

Don't see it if Maybe this non-traditional relationship went over my head, just didn't get it. Keri felt stiff, Adam drove an angry, lonely man. But why?

Also Ticket from online lottery via TodayTix app for $39.... Read more Read less

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

Still kicking myself for missing the 1987 broadway production starring joan allen and john malkovich

See it if you are a huge fan of Keri Russell.

Don't see it if you are still kicking yourself for missing the 1987 Broadway production starring Joan Allen and John Malkovich like me.

Also Brandon Uranowitz STOLE the stage every time he entered on to it. LOVE... Read more Read less

Talky, Some good acting, Poor production

See it if You want to see Adam Driver on, all over, the stage. He is good, sucks all the air out of the set. But did you think Burn This is comedy?

Don't see it if You think, or recall, this was a more serious drama. Last night the audience was non-stop laughter. What is that all about?

Absorbing, Confusing, Brandon uranowitz is brilliant!, Great writing

See it if you want to see a well-performed (for the most part) revival of a well-written play

Don't see it if you don't like intense dramas or dialogue-heavy shows

Also While I thought Adam Driver delivered a solid performance, his manneri... Read more Read less

Dated, Disappointing, Overrated, Funny, Great acting

See it if you want to see great big acting in a dated play.

Don't see it if you find men just charging into an apartment and refusing to leave again and again disturbing.

Relevant, Romantic, Intelligent, Entertaining, Great acting

See it if you want to see a well-acted, character-driven story anchored by strong lead performances by Adam Driver and Keri Russell.

Don't see it if you want a more contemporary, action-driven show than a production that takes place in the 1980s with a single set.

Thought-provoking, Quirky, Overrated, Intense, Edgy

See it if You want to see an untreated Bipolar Manic in full rage and destruction., Masterful portrayal but it highjacks the play and the other people

Don't see it if you are upset by psychopathology. or if you want a deeper portrayal of relationships or the lack thereof. Everything becomes half developed

Overrated, Banal, Indulgent, Disappointing

See it if You want to watch Kerri Russel's character blend into the wall, Adam Driver's character hog the stage and be unlikeable and dull.

Don't see it if You mind endless, boring conversations. I hated this show.

Excruciating, Overrated, Great acting, Disappointing, Dated

See it if you want to see some really great actors trying to make the best of their roles. Love the Hudson Theater

Don't see it if you want multi-dimensional characters with depth. Each character was a cliched stereotype. I felt like I learned nothing about them.

Also I did not see the original Broadway production of Burn This, but I don... Read more Read less

Overrated, Indulgent, Dated, Cliched

See it if You want to watch the stars involved. It’s a bit dated and there are better plays to see.

Don't see it if You want to watch a relevant play. Russell is not great and Drivers performance is overrated.

Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Slow, Overrated, Disappointing

See it if you need to see it because you see everything like I do... but be advised, it disappointed. Yes, Matt Driver is a force, but not enough.

Don't see it if you are looking to be blown away by engaging theater

Incoherent, Weakly written, Disappointing

See it if you need to see Adam Driver and Keri Russell live onstage. It is an old trick putting movie actors in a weak play to sell tickets.

Don't see it if You want to understand what is being said. Driver's drunken rages plus the writer's lack of focus made much of the play incoherent.

Edgy, Slow, Raunchy, Overrated, Intense

See it if You must see these stars on stage.

Don't see it if You cannot ignore the Adam Driver fans who do not understand theater etiquette.

Indulgent, Bombastic, Nice set, Disappointing, Confusing

See it if You are a very big fan of Adam Driver, and don't mind seeing him as a very loud obnoxious drunken bully.

Don't see it if You are looking for a logical plot and are offended by crude language

Also From the moment Driver's character comes on stage the audience is bomb... Read more Read less

Slow, Overrated, Disappointing, Dated

See it if you like to see "stars" in overrated plays

Don't see it if unless you enjoy overrated plays with no chemistry between the two leads.

Also I found this play quite slow moving and very overrated. Adam Driver ma... Read more Read less

Excruciating, Disappointing, Insipid, Indulgent

See it if you are interested in screen actors trying to do stage acting.

Don't see it if you are are hoping for an entertaining or though provoking evening.

Also I gave this play a score of 50 since I have come to conclude that it i... Read more Read less

Great acting, Slow, Thought-provoking

See it if You love Keri Russell and or Adam Driver

Don't see it if You are homophobic. Uncomfortable with crude language

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 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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