Already closed | 2h 30m | Midtown W

Burn This

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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
Avg Score

Great writing, Great staging, Great acting, Funny, Enchanting

See it if you are nostalgic about 1987 comedy and music, or appreciate themes of forbidden gay love and passion ignited by mutual tragic loss.

Don't see it if you prefer an unpredictable ending or are bored by plays about post-loss lust or gay relationships, fresh in 1987 but perhaps trite today

Also If possible, sit close to the stage. Some of the fabulous rapidly and ... Read more Read less

Intelligent, Slow, Romantic, Overrated

See it if good acting (for the most part) in a revival that is done well overall.

Don't see it if characters a bit too much instead of real people.

Ambitious, Quirky, Thought-provoking, Dated

See it if You want to see Adam Driver explode onto the stage. Seems a bit mismatched with Keri Russell but she looked the part of a dancer.

Don't see it if You have issues with a dated storyline. Could be slow moving in parts.

Also It was delightful to watch Brandon Uranowitz in his role. He kept the ... 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

Absorbing, Intense, Thought-provoking, Great writing, Great acting

See it if Entertaining revival focusing on grief and love in the aftermath of an unseen character's death. Four member cast give terrific performances

Don't see it if You the subject matter is not of interest to you.

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?

Witty, Great writing, Lacks heat/passion, Dated, Slow

See it if Intelligently-written piece evokes late 80s. Director Mayer brings out comedy aspects of play, but defuses its underlying power/intensity.

Don't see it if Limited heat or passion - relying instead on scene-chewing dramatics instead of real connection among characters. Witty dialogue entertains.

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

Uncomfortable, Dated, Great acting

See it if Adam Driver and Brandon Uranowitz give fantastic performances. But man, does this show ever let toxic masculinity get away with some bullshi

Don't see it if t. The script feels incredibly dated, and I left feeling completely unsure about what journey I was supposed to have gone on. It's worth a

Also cheap ticket to see the performances, but don't go in expecting any re... Read more Read less

Romantic, Profound, Intelligent, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you want to be transported by gifted actors who give nuanced, complicated performances in a period drama that is epically romantic.

Don't see it if you don't want to sit in the pocket of emotion, don't want to see people experience grief, don't want to see real-time​ performances.

Fluffy, Overrated, Indulgent, Funny, Great acting

See it if you want to see Adam Driver dominating the stage. Keri Russell could not keep up with his acting.

Don't see it if you want to see a better play or a musical.

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.

Raunchy, Funny, Dated

See it if You want to see Adam Driver's excellent, thrilling performance of someone abusing substances. You like F'ed up romances.

Don't see it if There's not a load going on beyond the good performances. The story is sort of a domestic drama intermingled with badboy attraction.

Also It's unclear to me this needed a revival, but I enjoyed it much more t... Read more Read less

Quirky, Great staging, Entertaining

See it if Russell and Driver.Brandon Uranowitz steals the show with his understated wisdom and humor in the shadow of the early days of AIDS epidemic.

Don't see it if Entertaining enough, but far from riveting or revelatory.

Masterful, Great writing, Intense, Great acting

See it if You enjoy fine acting & a play by Lanford Wilson. Actors hold the audience in the palms of their hands. Laughter & drama!

Don't see it if You only like musicals.

No chemistry, Must see, Intelligent, Great acting, Great writing

See it if You want a well written show, well acted by all 4 leads, in a well done revival. There is no reason not to see this show. Very entertaining

Don't see it if You’re looking to feel/see the chemistry between Adam Driver and Keri Russell, that should drive the show. It’s sadly just not there.

Must see, Delightful, Funny, Great writing, Great acting

See it if You enjoy excellent dramedies. The actors were incredible

Don't see it if No reason not to see it

Riveting, Funny, Great acting, Dizzying, Absorbing

See it if you enjoy an engaging night at the theater, with performances that range from bombastic (a rave) to quiet (also a rave).

Don't see it if you know the play and are bothered by productions that play up the laughs

Thought-provoking, Resonant, Masterful, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if Talented cast gets past characters who could easily fall into boring stereotypes; root for each of the characters despite their obvious flaw

Don't see it if Dialogue reflecting the prejudices of the 1980s can be jarring; Never really gets past the point of predictability

Problematic, Great acting, Hilarious

See it if Adam Driver.

Don't see it if see it for Adam Driver.

Also Adam Driver is a supernova. Simultaneously subversive and natural. Hug... Read more Read less

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.

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

Confusing, Quirky, Overrated, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if you adore Adam Driver and/or Keri Russell. Driver is charismatic but has anti-sex appeal in a character should be sex personified.

Don't see it if you expect one of Lanford Wilson's best. The play hangs on overwhelming physical attraction between the leads and these two don't have it.

Also Even though the role is something of a stereotype, Brandon Uranowitz i... Read more Read less


See it if You are a fan of the actors.

Don't see it if You want a balanced thoughtful play. Furr and Uranowitz are excellent. Driver is over the top and makes it difficult for Russell to keep up

Thought-provoking, Riveting, Refreshing, Intense, Great writing

See it if you want to see a great play of the 1980's written by the excellent playwright Lanford Wilson. It still is very relevant for today.

Don't see it if you don't like a one set play with only 4 characters or if you don't like to see homosexual characters portrayed on stage

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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