Already closed | 2h 30m | Midtown W

Burn This

From 394 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 (394)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great acting, Funny, Absorbing, Entertaining, Intense

90
Clever, Intelligent, Funny

See it if you enjoy intelligently written, sharp witted, edgy, adult, sometimes, dark humor.

Don't see it if gay themes, or sexual innuendos offend you.

83
Entertaining, Slow, Disappointing, Dated, Great acting

See it if you like shows with deep character study. Adam Driver and Brandon Uranowitz are exquisite. It's more slice of life than spectacle.

Don't see it if you want a plot with a big driving force. This is just 4 characters living their lives with grief and romance. There's no mystery here.

Also Keri Russell was the weak point here for me. Anna is a very nuanced ch... Read more Read less

93
Profound, Edgy, Entertaining, Clever

See it if You are seeking pure entertainment, enjoy Interesting story line and are open to clever acting to tell the story

Don't see it if You’re looking for a rip roaring, fluffy story or are looking for a flashy set

70
Raunchy, Funny, Slow, Overrated, Disappointing

See it if you're a fan of the actors or playwright, or like snappy dialogue in plays about mismatched souls.

Don't see it if you prefer fast-paced or more intricate storytelling; don't like loud, unpredictable characters that shout a lot.

Also Judging from other reviews, maybe I caught this on an off day, but I w... Read more Read less

94
Must see, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if great acting and great writing

Don't see it if your looking for an insipid musical

Also We need more Lanford Wilson revivals

95
Raunchy, Riveting, Great acting

See it if you want to see Adam Driver catching fire

Don't see it if you are sensitive to strong language

Also Adam Driver is on fire! When he is onstage he is the only thing that y... Read more Read less

79
Absorbing, Great acting

See it if You enjoy good performances. Adam Driver is excellent. Fine performance by Brandon Uranowitz. There are lots of funny lines.

Don't see it if You don’t like dramas. It is a 4 character play.

83
Great staging, Great writing, Great acting, Funny

See it if you want to see great acting in a well written play. Adam Driver's performance is one of the best this theatre season.

Don't see it if you only like musicals. I really can't think of a reason not to see it.

Also As many critics have written already, in this play you must see Pale a... Read more Read less

80
Intense, Great acting, Funny

See it if If you would enjoy an unconventional romance between two very different people.

Don't see it if The attraction and improbable relationship seems too contrived and unrealistic. If you would be offended by profanity, drug and alcohol use.

Also Saw it primarily for Adam Driver's performance which was excellent.... Read more Read less

82
Resonant, Intelligent, Great acting, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if you enjoy stories set in the 80's with strong leads really digging deep. Russell was a pleasure to watch and Driver played up his awkardness

Don't see it if you don't enjoy large scale productions that take place all in one room or intense stories laced with themes of loss.

87
Funny, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if you’re in the mood for a play that has substantially withstood the test of time. The 2 hours 40 minutes fly by.

Don't see it if you are unfamiliar with Lanford Wilson.

Also This is one of those plays whose details I had largely forgotten. And ... Read more Read less

70
Disappointing, Quirky, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if you love Adam Driver or Brandon Uranowitz. They are wonderful and elevate the show immensely.

Don't see it if you're expecting a brilliant performance from Keri Russell.

70
Disappointing

See it if You like the actors.

Don't see it if You’re not a fan of Adam Driver

Also This didn’t come together for me. Three of the four actors seemed disc... Read more Read less

70
Entertaining, Funny

See it if you’re an Adam Driver fan or a fan of the playwright.

Don't see it if Families and kids. Those looking for lighter themes.

Also This show is all about the acting. Adam Driver gives a performance tha... Read more Read less

93
Romantic, Riveting, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if Go if you’re an Adam Driver or Keri Russell fan: they’re both great. Love the play: great script. Funny, romantic, very human. LOVED THIS!

Don't see it if I can’t imagine why you shouldn’t see it unless some themes of death, gay issues or adultery might be a trigger.I loved this:run don’t walk!

75
Slow, Intense, Dated, Great acting, Funny

See it if you are a fan of Adam Driver or Keri Russell. Driver's performance is unforgettable.

Don't see it if you prefer lighter plays or musicals or dislike plays with a lot of dialogue or if you prefer strong female characters.

80
Disappointing, Epic, Intense, Great acting, Funny

See it if you are a fan of the principals as they all give stellar performances.

Don't see it if You want to see a quick show. This runs almost three hours and a half hour could be trimmed.

81
One sensational performance in a satisfactory production of a wonderful play

See it if you want to see a classic play by Lanford Wilson headlined by an unforgettable performance by Adam Driver.

Don't see it if you want this to be a flawless production of said play. But see it anyways. The play and Driver are too good to pass up.

Also BURN THIS has always been one of my favorite plays so I was eager to s... Read more Read less

90
Unexpected, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you want to see Adam Driver, Keri Russell, Brandon Uranowitz & David Furr light it up in a Lanford Wilson play. Engaging and surprising!

Don't see it if you're expecting the sexy drama/romance that the poster and general marketing suggests -- it's kind of misleading honestly.

Also Not what I expected but I loved it. It's very funny. Pale (Driver) is ... Read more Read less

90
Great writing, Great acting, Funny, Entertaining

See it if you appreciate a play that lights your fire and keeps you warm.

Don't see it if you get offended by some insensitive language.

Also Similar character traits between Adam... Read more Read less

80
Entertaining, Great acting, Romantic, Funny

See it if You want to laugh your pants off. Adam is a phenomenal actor. You like stories and relationships and love

Don't see it if The start of the play is a bit slow but overall it was good.

93
Great acting, wonderful writing, hilarious, poignant, nostalgic

See it if You like talk-y plays featuring New Yorkers in their early 30s coping with tragedy. And are a fan of Driver.

Don't see it if You don't like the 1987 play or are overly sensitive to not PC language.

Also I LOVED this play. Driver is luminous and Brandon Uranowitz is perfect... Read more Read less

79
Delightful, Entertaining, Great staging, Great acting, Funny

See it if you're a fan of Adam Driver and Brandon Uranowitz. They are both excellent in this. Adam Driver in particular really commands the stage.

Don't see it if you're a fan of Keri Russell. She was flat and a bit disappointing. She didn't really have much chemistry with the other male actors.

90
Great acting, Intelligent, Great writing, Entertaining

See it if You enjoy intelligent, heartfelt and human dramadies. Adam Driver is exceptional!

Don't see it if You don’t enjoy romantic, old school plays.

Also I saw the original production and feel Adam Driver gives as magnetic a... Read more Read less

79
Great writing, Great acting, Funny, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if You like excellent writing. You want to see a fabulous Adam Driver.

Don't see it if You don’t like intense scenes with some violence. You don’t like to hear coarse language. You’d rather see a light musical.


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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