Already closed | 2h 30m | Midtown W

Burn This

From 374 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 (374)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great acting, Funny, Absorbing, Entertaining, Intense
79
Avg Score

During previews
85
Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting

See it if A well written show. Adam Driver was great. Thought Kerri Russell was a little stiff. The attraction of the two didn’t seem very clear

Don't see it if You don’t like dramas with fast paced dialogue

During previews
78
Relevant, Funny, Clever

See it if You want to see a funny, interesting show with stars from film and TV

Don't see it if seeing a great play is more important to you than the cast

Also I liked the ensemble feel of the show but I did not feel any chemistry... Read more Read less

During previews
90
Riveting, Intense, Great acting, Edgy, Absorbing

See it if Fascinating story, great writing, acting (especially Adam Driver), long but you don’t feel it. Often funny.

Don't see it if Don’t like relationship dramas.

During previews
82
Great acting, Edgy, Entertaining

See it if you like true to life characters. Modern, funny and at times sad. Great acting, just 4 actors, no orchestra, simple set but the time flew by

Don't see it if If you are offended by sexual content.

Also Adam Driver and Kerri Russel were great together but Adam stole the sh... Read more Read less

During previews
95
Intelligent, Great acting, Funny, Absorbing

See it if You like a complicated love story with lots of great acting and humor

Don't see it if Hummm. Can’t think of a reason ...

Also So good in every way.

During previews
94
Resonant, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You enjoy great acting, strong chemistry between the actors and just watching talented people!

Don't see it if You don’t like Adam Driver!

During previews
69
Great writing, Dated, Indulgent, Great acting, Funny

See it if You like the actors.

Don't see it if You don't like plays over 2 hours long, don't like plays with fundamentally unlikable characters

During previews
83
Quirky, Intelligent, Great writing, Edgy, Entertaining

See it if you like rapid intelligent dialogue, quirky relationships, layered characters. Adam Driver's self centered angst drove it home. Laughs.

Don't see it if only one set bores you, didn't like the HBO "Girls" and "Will and Grace" annoyed you.

During previews
93
Funny, Thought-provoking, Great acting

See it if you appreciate simple sets and witty, romantic scripts; love to be in the presence of great acting and feel all the tension in the air

Don't see it if you're offended by emotional outbursts, profanity, and fast dialogue

Also even from a balcony seat, I felt engaged for over 2 hours. Adam Driver... Read more Read less

During previews
90
Quirky, Great acting, Funny, Delightful, Absorbing

See it if See if you like absorbing, intelligent, well acted plays that have a serious side but are also humorous and witty.

Don't see it if Don’t see if you’re looking for banal, unchallenging entertainment.

During previews
80
Indulgent, Absorbing, Entertaining, Funny, A little provocative

See it if You enjoy a 4-character play, with 3.5 strong performances. Some great humor in lines and in action. It is of a time.

Don't see it if You require clear linear action and motivation for the characters. If you are looking for a grand story arc, it isn't here.

During previews
100
Great acting, Masterful, Must see, Riveting

See it if When Adam Driver enters the stage it's like a tornado was unleashed. Kerri Russel's calm is the perfect counterpoint to Driver's mania.

Don't see it if The play requires a certain amount of suspension of disbelief asking the audience to just accept the attraction between these two misfits.

During previews
78
Slow, Romantic, Intense, Great acting, Funny

See it if You are a fan of Adam Driver and/or Keri Russell.

Don't see it if You like fast-paced shows. Burn This, especially in Act 1, feels rather slow.

During previews
53
Slow, Indulgent, Great staging, Cliched

See it if You want to see Adam Driver play a very similar role to the one he played in HBO's Girls or witness how large his hand is next to KR's face.

Don't see it if You're not feeling particularly nostalgic for the early 90s. You're expecting a nuanced portrayal of gay identity.

Also The cast did as best they could with a dated script and selfish, clich... Read more Read less

During previews
69
Entertaining, Slow, Cliched, Dated

See it if you really like Lanford Wilson

Don't see it if You need a plot worth exploring or fully developed characters. It’s just not a good play, not sure why they are reviving it.

Also The production doesn’t have anything to say about why it’s being reviv... Read more Read less

During previews
100
Great acting, Edgy, Clever

See it if Adam Driver and Kerri Russel are fantastic together

Don't see it if you don't like a somewhat dark story

Also Loved this show - Its interesting and edgy and an absorbing show with ... Read more Read less

During previews
45
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

During previews
70
Great acting, Without purpose, Great staging, Dated, Funny

See it if You love the actors.Adam Driver is a terrific presence in an amusing play that unfortunately doesn’t make you care enough for the characters

Don't see it if You want plays to be great-this isn’t funny enough or moving enough or poetic enough to be great. You remember Joan Allan in the role

Also Set is beautiful, and I’m pleased to have seen the play. An interestin... Read more Read less

During previews
91
Refreshing, Great acting, Entertaining, Intense, Absorbing

See it if you want to be blown away by great acting. Adam Driver make the theater explode with energy. Script is intense, dramatic and just fun!

Don't see it if if you want an old Rogers and Hammerstein Musical. Its intense, powerful and real.

During previews
85
Must see, Great writing, Great staging, Edgy, Great acting

See it if You like plays that are layered and have both subtle emotion and loud, physical dramatics.

Don't see it if You're not in for an emotional ride. It's sad and funny and emotional and stressful - and it's all this within a 60 second snippet.

During previews
70
Disappointing, Dated, Funny, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if you want to see Adam Driver show his acting chops as a somewhat comedic Stanley Kowalski. You'll hang on every word of his opening rant!

Don't see it if you don't want to be dismayed by Keri Russell's weaker performance. It was hard to believe her attraction to Driver's character.

During previews
79
Funny, Great writing, Relevant, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You've been in love, searching for love or are too busy to be in love! A tale of sorrow, anger and the use of comedy to cope

Don't see it if you want song, dance, music or fan-fare or hate intense monologues

During previews
90
Great acting, Romantic, Funny, Absorbing, Entertaining

See it if You'd like to see a well directed, fast paced, funny, and exciting play. Adam kills it, Brandon is hilarious, and Keri gets there!

Don't see it if If you're uninterested in what is essentially a snippet of real life. It's about identity, growth, and relationships.

During previews
76
Indulgent, Entertaining, Funny, Slow, Clever

See it if you like Adam Driver

Don't see it if you don't want to see Adam Driver upstage Keri Russell all night.

Also I like the play but hate the ending. It was nice to see it staged. Ada... 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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Cast & Creatives (6)