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

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

76
Quirky, Uneven, Ambitious, Dated, Funny

See it if you want to see Adam Driver light up the stage! Driver is full of energy as he plays an awkward man-child.

Don't see it if you dislike profanity, infidelity, or homosexual topics. The cast feels uneven – there was better overall chemistry between Pale and Larry!

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

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.

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.

70
Flat, Slow

See it if you like a play with dated love story.

Don't see it if you like something with more depth.

Also Acting felt one dimensional and flat.

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.

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

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

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

50
Slow, Overrated, Disappointing, Dated

See it if you like to see "stars" in overrated plays

Don't see it if unless you enjoy overrated plays with no chemistry between the two leads.

Also I found this play quite slow moving and very overrated. Adam Driver ma... Read more Read less

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

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


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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