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)


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

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!

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

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

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

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.

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

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.

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

Resonant, Intelligent, Great acting, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if you enjoy stories set in the 80's with strong leads really digging deep. Russell was a pleasure to watch and Driver played up his awkardness

Don't see it if you don't enjoy large scale productions that take place all in one room or intense stories laced with themes of loss.

One sensational performance in a satisfactory production of a wonderful play

See it if you want to see a classic play by Lanford Wilson headlined by an unforgettable performance by Adam Driver.

Don't see it if you want this to be a flawless production of said play. But see it anyways. The play and Driver are too good to pass up.

Also BURN THIS has always been one of my favorite plays so I was eager to s... Read more Read less

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

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

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

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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


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

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.

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!

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

Entertaining, Funny, Romantic, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if like absorbing and tour-de-force acting; uniformly impressive cast; good staging

Don't see it if want a profound play

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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