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

61
This revival is too dated to work with the stars in this production.

See it if You'd like to see Adam Driver and Keri Russell in the flesh.

Don't see it if You're a fan of veteran stage actors who can deliver without over-acting or under acting. Television actors don't usually succeed on stage.

69
Strong performances by driver and uranowitz, Uncomfortable, Dated, Unconvincing

See it if you want to see great performances by Driver and Uranowitz, want to explore how people (poorly) deal with grief

Don't see it if you don't want to see a play that rewards an over-the-top, boorish guy who successfully pushes his way into a woman's life

Also As I was exiting the theater, a guy next to me said, "I think that's e... Read more Read less

65
Disappointing, Dated, Cliched, Banal

See it if you are a fan of Keri Russel or Adam Driver

Don't see it if you want to see a new take of a somewhat dated play.

Also I am honestly not clear on why this play was selected for a revival. T... Read more Read less

65
Intense, Great staging, Disappointing, Great acting, Dated

See it if you're such a big fan of the leads that you can look past a solid yet unsurprising script.

Don't see it if you have to pay $$$$ to see it.

69
Slow, Dated

See it if you like the actors and the playwright

Don't see it if you do not like long plays or foul langauge.

65
Indulgent, Slow, Disjointed, Disappointing

See it if If you like Lanford Wilson's plays and a are big fan of the great cast members.

Don't see it if If you don't like drawn out dramadies about grief, relationships and lost souls.

50
Slow, Dated, Indulgent, Cliched

See it if you are "those types" of star-gazers wanting to see Driver and Russell walking the boards and waiting backstage for an autograph.

Don't see it if you do not buy into why these people could possibly fall in love, condoning the male lead's boorish behavior.

Also Having seen "Burn this" and "Frankie and Johnny" back to back, I find ... Read more Read less

50
Slow, Insipid, Disappointing, Banal

See it if You want to see Adam Driver and Kerri Russell, despite the lack of chemistry and lack of an interesting plot

Don't see it if You appreciate subtlety and elegance and chemistry and plot and you do not want to see an event lacking in all those qualities

60
Disappointing, Confusing, Dated

See it if Because of Adam Driver and the roommate

Don't see it if Because of Keri Russell (soooo bad) and the rich guy actor (bad, but not as bad as Russell)

63
Great acting, Disappointing, Intense, Dated, Ambitious

See it if you are a fan of Adam Driver. HIs performance is riveting.

Don't see it if you are looking for Keri Russell to be as amazing as she is in The Americans. Her performance is wooden and stilted.

67
Unconvincing, Disappointing, Dizzying, Dated

See it if You want to see what captured audiences a few decades ago.

Don't see it if If you expect a script that clearly defines the desires of the characters

60
Indulgent, Funny

See it if You love Adam Driver, who steals the show.

Don't see it if You want to see a play that is relevant and timely. This piece is older, but doesn't translate any relevant messages to the current times.

66
Romantic, Dated

See it if you are a fan of russell and driver

Don't see it if you are not into romcom.

53
Great acting, Dated

See it if you want to see fantastic performances by Adam Driver (larger than life!) and Brandon Uranowitz (fantastic scene stealer).

Don't see it if You want something relevant to today or you feel strongly about the female perspective.

Also And if you like Keri Russell on TV (which I do), don't see her here. S... Read more Read less

69
Overrated, Funny, Disappointing, Cliched, Entertaining

See it if You really want to see the two stars. It's always fun to see your favorite actors in new roles.

Don't see it if You expect the show to be more than that. I was never drawn into the show and felt the actors were clearly acting.

51
Dragged on, Overacted, Overrated, Cliched, Disappointing

See it if You want to see famous actors like Adam Driver and Keri Russell

Don't see it if You don’t want to hear Adam Driver yelling for 2.5 hours and Keri Russell over enunciating every word.

50
Disappointing, Overrated, Slow

See it if You really like the cast

Don't see it if It was very slow and there really was no chemistry between the leads who were supposed to be drawn to each other.

50
Ambitious, Disappointing, Dated, Great acting, Funny

See it if You appreciate good actors in so-so material. Laughs and interesting ideas, but no plot, despite appealing characters. Forgettable, alas.

Don't see it if You want a well-structured play, or have no interest in gay life.

65
Confusing, Cliched, Slow, Intense, Great acting

See it if You enjoy passionate acting.

Don't see it if You are bored of girls falling for guys who are no good for them.

53
Dated, Entertaining, Romantic, Slow, Great acting

See it if You are into slow burns and then some very loud yelling. A weak woman character and a strong male lead.

Don't see it if You have personal experience with addiction and abuse....it might be upsetting.

50
Excruciating, Disappointing, Cliched

See it if You want to see Adam Driver and Keri Russell on stage. Their acting is good but wasted in this show with this dialogue and plot.

Don't see it if You like good shows.

69
Overrated, Entertaining, Great writing

See it if You are a huge Adam Driver fan. He IS the show.

Don't see it if You cringe at unaffected female leads. You'll spend the whole time cowering from Kerri Russell.

55
Contrived, Unconvincing, Dated

See it if Driver dominates the stage with his usual immersed quirky character choices. The relationship and it’s (lack of) chemistry is unexplained

Don't see it if You are uncomfortable with old fashioned forceful courting

Also The director played up the comedy, with all except with Russel, who wa... Read more Read less

65
Indulgent, Disappointing, Long

See it if You want to see what all the hype about Adam Driver is about. He gives a solid performance. Also, the 80s costumes are great!

Don't see it if You want to love any of the characters. Or feel invested in the story. Or if you're in any way tired

During previews
67
Disappointing

See it if You haven't seen an earlier production and are curious about the play.

Don't see it if You prefer subtlety.

Also I really wanted to like this because the actors are all very appealing... 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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