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)

MEMBERS SAY:

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

88
Resonant, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You enjoy theater that surprises you from start to finish. The acting is superb and the characters engage your interest.

Don't see it if You don't care about personal relationship's ups and down.

68
Thought-provoking, Quirky, Overrated, Intense, Edgy

See it if You want to see an untreated Bipolar Manic in full rage and destruction., Masterful portrayal but it highjacks the play and the other people

Don't see it if you are upset by psychopathology. or if you want a deeper portrayal of relationships or the lack thereof. Everything becomes half developed

75
Disappointing, Entertaining, Great staging, Great acting, Funny

See it if you enjoy stories that are character driven, about complicated relationships, or a fan of the actors. Driver and Uranowitz were fantastic.

Don't see it if you don't enjoy stories about complicated relationships or if you don't like character driven plays. Russell's portrayal was disappointing.

85
Great writing, Great acting

See it if Adam Driver gives a multilayered performance in this story about grief,loss,and love.He goes from volcanic,to vulnerable & broken.Intense!

Don't see it if you are looking for a musical,or a light comedy.

Also I think this play is thought-provoking, and smart.I also loved the per... Read more Read less

90
Slow, Riveting, Great acting

See it if You want to watch a masterful performance from Adam Driver and a great supporting cast.

Don't see it if You're bothered by a play that is slow to start - doesn't really get going until the second scene.

80
Dated, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if you want to see tour de force performance from Adam Driver.

Don't see it if you're weary of Anguish 1980s style.

75
Masterful, Indulgent, Edgy, Funny

See it if you like a heavy drama with frequent laughs. Adam Driver is terrific.

Don't see it if you need likeable characters. the story is a little too unbelievable.

82
Dizzying, Funny, Great writing, Great acting

See it if you want to be mesmerized by Adam Driver's performance. I didn't think I liked him especially; now a huge fan. Great writing, great cast

Don't see it if It's hard for the other actors to compete with Driver's outsize role; the play can feel unbalanced as a result (dull when he's not there)

80
Absorbing, Resonant, Romantic, Great writing, Entertaining

See it if You want to see Adam Driver give an exceptional performance in a great play.

Don't see it if You aren’t open to seeing an uneven production. Burn This is a great play but a tricky one, and this doesn’t seem well balanced.

88
Funny, Intelligent, Must see, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if An engrossing play that successfully combines comedy & drama. A beautiful production lead by Adam Driver, who's absolutely riveting.

Don't see it if You don't like plays, especially one's that make you listen and think.

58
Overrated, Banal, Indulgent, Disappointing

See it if You want to watch Kerri Russel's character blend into the wall, Adam Driver's character hog the stage and be unlikeable and dull.

Don't see it if You mind endless, boring conversations. I hated this show.

68
Excruciating, Overrated, Great acting, Disappointing, Dated

See it if you want to see some really great actors trying to make the best of their roles. Love the Hudson Theater

Don't see it if you want multi-dimensional characters with depth. Each character was a cliched stereotype. I felt like I learned nothing about them.

Also I did not see the original Broadway production of Burn This, but I don... Read more Read less

60
Overrated, Indulgent, Dated, Cliched

See it if You want to watch the stars involved. It’s a bit dated and there are better plays to see.

Don't see it if You want to watch a relevant play. Russell is not great and Drivers performance is overrated.

75
Intense, Disappointing, Funny, Intelligent, Dated

See it if You like the actors and director. Driver and Uranowitz especially were fun to watch. You like small cast plays that don’t hold back.

Don't see it if You don’t handle the excess of the 80s well, or are too conservative. It was a tiny bit intense even for me, but I appreciated Wilson’s take

40
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

80
Interesting revival of a langford wilson play

See it if You are a fan of the any of the four actors and/or the playwright.

Don't see it if You are offended by crude language and behavior.

75
Edgy, Great acting, Funny

See it if Adam Driver and Brandon Uranowitz are giving a master class in acting. The show is surprisingly funny, as well as smokey.

Don't see it if You don't like talky dramas. Or if you need to feel sympathetic to the characters. They're all kind of awful in one way or another.

70
Irrelevant, Overrated, Cliched, Slow, Great acting

See it if You already like the play - it’s a well done version of it. Brandon Uranowitz especially shines. Some great lighting design too.

Don't see it if It’s just not a play I like, I just never saw the point. Confused why Adam Driver does the ENTIRE thing facing upstage though.

72
Engaging, Confused, Great lead actor

See it if for Adam Driver's explosive performance, if you like to see a character-driven play about an unusual romance, & funny supporting characters.

Don't see it if uneven & muddled plays aren't your thing, the main characters are definitely complex but the rest are pure stereotypical cliches, not a must

80
Romantic, Intense, Funny, Entertaining, Great acting

See it if You enjoy seeing great actors in peak performance in a funny, intense play.

Don't see it if You don’t enjoy intense drama or you want a bit more plausibility in the love story.

57
Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Slow, Overrated, Disappointing

See it if you need to see it because you see everything like I do... but be advised, it disappointed. Yes, Matt Driver is a force, but not enough.

Don't see it if you are looking to be blown away by engaging theater

88
Thought-provoking, Disappointing, Indulgent, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if Big Hollywood stars try to act out this Lanford Wilson emotional play. Driver overacts and Russell is interchangeble with any thin actress

Don't see it if if you are tired of emotionally charged storied about grief and the response to death of friends or family. Tourist audience can be rude

85
Absorbing, Funny

See it if You are an Adam Driver fan. He’s big, handsome and chews the scenery at every turn. The play itself is also quite good.

Don't see it if Period pieces about self-absorbed NYers annoy you.

Also Brandon Uranowicz and Keri Russell are delightful. Unfortunately I som... Read more Read less

81
Refreshing, Intelligent, Funny, Great acting, Clever

See it if you enjoy plays that have twists and turns with a surprising ending.

Don't see it if you do not enjoy plays that take place in one setting location.

75
Funny, Slow, Thought-provoking, Great staging, Great acting

See it if you like intriguing dramas about the coming together of two strangers after a death and their sexual chemistry that follows.

Don't see it if If you do not like long drawn out dramas that you really have to follow along with.

Also A Tour de Force performance by Adam Driver in this interesting product... 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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