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

89
Profound, Masterful, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you want to experience four actors brilliantly interpret Lanford Wison's play of interpersonal relationships and raw emotion.

Don't see it if you want a play with an ensemble cast and a clearly defined story line.

75
Great acting, Funny, Intense, Confusing

See it if You like Adam Driver and you want to see a rather dysfunctional comedy-drama about tangled relationships

Don't see it if If you prefer plays which are easy to understand and have characters with whom you easily sympathize

Also I am sure that Adam Driver is a very good actor but some of his rants ... Read more Read less

84
Thought-provoking, Intense, Hilarious, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if Adam is beyond wonderful. Masterful performance. He is a powerful force of energy and this is a study in acting technique. He's why you go..

Don't see it if Show is uneven when he is not on the stage. Keri is fine, supporting actors very good. Interesting show worth seeing if you like intensity

75
Cliched, Entertaining, Romantic, Intense, Great acting

See it if you're an ardent fan of Adam Driver's energetic, manic performance; enjoy Terrence McNally plays, and don't mind a somewhat cliched affair.

Don't see it if you don't like dramedies nearly 3 hours long, tire of Driver's over-the-top shenanigans, consider '80s plays dated, dislike romcom cliches.

83
Great staging, Great acting, Banal, Ambitious

See it if You like the actors and a raunchy plot. The set is really good. The second act is too long.

Don't see it if You want a light show.

77
Intense, Great acting, Funny, Entertaining

See it if you want to see Adam Driver give an absolutely fantastic performance! One of my favorite performances yet :)

Don't see it if it is a bit dated, and Driver really sells the show but the play itself isn't all that amazing

65
Incoherent, Weakly written, Disappointing

See it if you need to see Adam Driver and Keri Russell live onstage. It is an old trick putting movie actors in a weak play to sell tickets.

Don't see it if You want to understand what is being said. Driver's drunken rages plus the writer's lack of focus made much of the play incoherent.

90
Riveting, Edgy, Hilarious, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You Are a fan of Adam Driver. His performance is riveting and electric. Supported well by hilarious Brandon Uranowitz and Keri Russell

Don't see it if You dislike slow moving plays that need time for the mid to final build. You are uncomfortable with constant profanity and sexual issues

Also who holds her own. Good writing and still remains current in it’s mess... Read more Read less

79
Edgy, Clever, Absorbing, Great writing, Great acting

See it if You want to see a fine piece of acting from Adam Driver who lights up the stage (pun intended).

Don't see it if You don’t like profanity or offbeat romantic comedies.

Also All four actors were excellent, and the writing is clever and biting; ... Read more Read less

82
Long, Entertaining, Great acting, Funny

See it if You are a fan of the actors. Like shows with great acting. Shows about characters forming relationships while dealing with grief

Don't see it if You only like musicals. Don't like long talk-y shows. Get offended by language that at times isn't pc

Also I wanted to see this show for Adam Driver. While he was excellent I ac... Read more Read less

87
Intense, Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You like a truly intense performance. And comedy and drama in the same play.

Don't see it if You don’t like revivals with an intense love story

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

82
Great acting, Funny, Entertaining

See it if If you want to see a well acted play(especially Adam Drive) about relationships and death

Don't see it if If you don’t like lots of swearing

Also Overall a great play. Adam and Brandon were amazing. The show was very... Read more Read less

65
Edgy, Slow, Raunchy, Overrated, Intense

See it if You must see these stars on stage.

Don't see it if You cannot ignore the Adam Driver fans who do not understand theater etiquette.

79
Makes you long for pre-douche, bohemian manhattan, Funny, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if Driver sucks all the air out of the room, but deservedly. It's the part. Other perfs are very good, even if they pale (sorry) in comparison.

Don't see it if Play itself is good but far from perfect. Anna's backstory is undeveloped, and why she abandons Burton isn't entirely clear. Still resonant.

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

100
Relevant, Funny, Great acting, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if You want a multi-faceted story, each character with their own dysfunction. Acting by all characters was very good!

Don't see it if You don't like straight acting.

80
Absorbing, Dated, Must see, Great acting

See it if You want to see an excellent revival-Adam Driver was excellent

Don't see it if If you don't like the cast or have issues with people in the arts or if you are homophobic.

90
Edgy, Great acting, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if You love great acting. Driver has the louder role but Russell is brilliant. She cuts right through you. Not sure why her reviews were mixed

Don't see it if You’re offended by crude language or don’t like wordy plays. Can’t stop thinking about it. Also loved Uranowitz. Closing this weekend.

78
Indulgent, Intense, Great staging, Edgy, Absorbing

See it if You want to see the ‘stars’ as the acting is great ... and don’t mind minimal and not very believable chemistry between the 2 leads

Don't see it if You want a traditional ‘opposites attract’ or want to actually like the lovers

85
Great acting, Dated, Entertaining

See it if You want to see a riveting performance by Adam Driver

Don't see it if You are looking for an engrossing storyline. Adam Driver is the main reason to see this.

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.

62
Indulgent, Bombastic, Nice set, Disappointing, Confusing

See it if You are a very big fan of Adam Driver, and don't mind seeing him as a very loud obnoxious drunken bully.

Don't see it if You are looking for a logical plot and are offended by crude language

Also From the moment Driver's character comes on stage the audience is bomb... Read more Read less

100
Romantic, Great acting, Clever

See it if Love great acting and great writing Adam Driver is great!

Don't see it if If you’re not romantic


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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