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

91
Masterful, Intelligent, Funny, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you want to experience the acting talents of Adam Driver, Keri Russell, and Brandon Uranowitz. The story is engaging and entertaining.

Don't see it if you are not interested in seeing an excellent rival with a cast that shines in every way.

Also Adam Driver's entrance is one for the records and the sharp quick dial... Read more Read less

70
No chemistry, Dated, Overrated, Disappointing

See it if you are a fan of the actors-all 3 are good, but the book-not believable. Driver overpowers Russell, and Uranowitz gets the good lines.

Don't see it if you expect a believable story or expect Keri Russell to shine. One can't see why she is attracted to "Pale". His part is funny-not sexy.

80
Intense, Great acting, Funny

See it if If you would enjoy an unconventional romance between two very different people.

Don't see it if The attraction and improbable relationship seems too contrived and unrealistic. If you would be offended by profanity, drug and alcohol use.

Also Saw it primarily for Adam Driver's performance which was excellent.... 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

90
Unexpected, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you want to see Adam Driver, Keri Russell, Brandon Uranowitz & David Furr light it up in a Lanford Wilson play. Engaging and surprising!

Don't see it if you're expecting the sexy drama/romance that the poster and general marketing suggests -- it's kind of misleading honestly.

Also Not what I expected but I loved it. It's very funny. Pale (Driver) is ... Read more Read less

65
Great acting, Slow, Thought-provoking

See it if You love Keri Russell and or Adam Driver

Don't see it if You are homophobic. Uncomfortable with crude language

70
Disappointing

See it if You like the actors.

Don't see it if You’re not a fan of Adam Driver

Also This didn’t come together for me. Three of the four actors seemed disc... Read more Read less

70
Entertaining, Funny

See it if you’re an Adam Driver fan or a fan of the playwright.

Don't see it if Families and kids. Those looking for lighter themes.

Also This show is all about the acting. Adam Driver gives a performance tha... Read more Read less

93
Romantic, Riveting, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if Go if you’re an Adam Driver or Keri Russell fan: they’re both great. Love the play: great script. Funny, romantic, very human. LOVED THIS!

Don't see it if I can’t imagine why you shouldn’t see it unless some themes of death, gay issues or adultery might be a trigger.I loved this:run don’t walk!

61
This revival is too dated to work with the stars in this production.

See it if You'd like to see Adam Driver and Keri Russell in the flesh.

Don't see it if You're a fan of veteran stage actors who can deliver without over-acting or under acting. Television actors don't usually succeed on stage.

83
Great staging, Great writing, Great acting, Funny

See it if you want to see great acting in a well written play. Adam Driver's performance is one of the best this theatre season.

Don't see it if you only like musicals. I really can't think of a reason not to see it.

Also As many critics have written already, in this play you must see Pale a... Read more Read less

75
Slow, Intense, Dated, Great acting, Funny

See it if you are a fan of Adam Driver or Keri Russell. Driver's performance is unforgettable.

Don't see it if you prefer lighter plays or musicals or dislike plays with a lot of dialogue or if you prefer strong female characters.

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

35
Poorlyacted, Banal, Indulgent, Slow, Disappointing

See it if You must see Adam Driver in person; you want to see an otherwise good play, ruined; you like actors with no chemistry

Don't see it if You saw the original 30 years ago; you have to pay for your ticket

Also What a sad excuse for a revival I was really looking forward to.... 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.

50
Excruciating, Disappointing, Insipid, Indulgent

See it if you are interested in screen actors trying to do stage acting.

Don't see it if you are are hoping for an entertaining or though provoking evening.

Also I gave this play a score of 50 since I have come to conclude that it i... Read more Read less

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

80
Entertaining, Great acting, Romantic, Funny

See it if You want to laugh your pants off. Adam is a phenomenal actor. You like stories and relationships and love

Don't see it if The start of the play is a bit slow but overall it was good.

74
Entertaining, Enchanting, Refreshing, Funny, Great acting

See it if want to see an amazing performance by Adam Driver

Don't see it if looking for a musical or a faster moving play. This one has it's highs and lows when it comes to pacing.

93
Great acting, wonderful writing, hilarious, poignant, nostalgic

See it if You like talk-y plays featuring New Yorkers in their early 30s coping with tragedy. And are a fan of Driver.

Don't see it if You don't like the 1987 play or are overly sensitive to not PC language.

Also I LOVED this play. Driver is luminous and Brandon Uranowitz is perfect... Read more Read less

87
Funny, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if you’re in the mood for a play that has substantially withstood the test of time. The 2 hours 40 minutes fly by.

Don't see it if you are unfamiliar with Lanford Wilson.

Also This is one of those plays whose details I had largely forgotten. And ... Read more Read less

87
Romantic, Hilarious, Great acting, Funny

See it if You like a play that takes you trough a wave of emotions. If you enjoy dark comedy

Don't see it if If you dislike plays, dirty humor

80
Disappointing, Epic, Intense, Great acting, Funny

See it if you are a fan of the principals as they all give stellar performances.

Don't see it if You want to see a quick show. This runs almost three hours and a half hour could be trimmed.

70
Disappointing, Quirky, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if you love Adam Driver or Brandon Uranowitz. They are wonderful and elevate the show immensely.

Don't see it if you're expecting a brilliant performance from Keri Russell.

81
Intense, Clever, Absorbing, Great writing, Great acting

See it if You love a good story well acted

Don't see it if You are tired of revivals


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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