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

Great staging, Slow, Indulgent, Dated, Cliched

See it if you want to see the actors, no matter how miscast, or waste your time to get a glimpse of a gorgeously-rendered 80s Tribeca loft

Don't see it if you don't want a dated play with not much relevance to the present day, where everything relies on the actors' chemistry and they have none

Slow, Disappointing, Dated

See it if You want to see a really great performance by Adam Driver. And a nice set.

Don't see it if You have anything else to do. Or if you have to pay for tickets. I'm not usually this flip about shows, but this one is missable.

Also File this one under "shows that didn't need to be revived". It might h... Read more Read less

Slow, Indulgent, Overrated, Disappointing

See it if You love these particular actors or want to see them up close and personal.

Don't see it if I thought it was boring and went nowhere. Over acted and boring. Don’t see if you want something entertaining and that keeps your interest.

During previews
Overrated, Slow, Indulgent, Disappointing, Confusing

See it if You enjoy every show on Broadway, especially old classic revivals with all-star casts. This one for me did not work.

Don't see it if If you are not familiar with this play and are expecting a smoldering, sexy love story you will be very disappointed. The ads are misleading

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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Cast & Creatives (6)