Already closed | 2h 30m | Midtown W

Burn This

From 380 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 (380)

MEMBERS SAY:

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

79
Great writing, Great acting, Funny, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if You like excellent writing. You want to see a fabulous Adam Driver.

Don't see it if You don’t like intense scenes with some violence. You don’t like to hear coarse language. You’d rather see a light musical.

65
Disappointing, Dated, Cliched, Banal

See it if you are a fan of Keri Russel or Adam Driver

Don't see it if you want to see a new take of a somewhat dated play.

Also I am honestly not clear on why this play was selected for a revival. T... Read more Read less

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

69
Strong performances by driver and uranowitz, Uncomfortable, Dated, Unconvincing

See it if you want to see great performances by Driver and Uranowitz, want to explore how people (poorly) deal with grief

Don't see it if you don't want to see a play that rewards an over-the-top, boorish guy who successfully pushes his way into a woman's life

Also As I was exiting the theater, a guy next to me said, "I think that's e... Read more Read less

75
Disappointing, Slow first act, Overrated, Great acting, Funny

See it if You like Adam Driver or Brandon Uranowitz and want to see some great performances.

Don't see it if Longer/slow plays are not your thing.

75
Great acting

See it if you want to see a tour de force acting moment in theater - Adam Driver is unbelievable in this

Don't see it if outdated cliche romantic melodramatic soap opera stories bother you.

75
Moving, Flat, Lethargic, Great acting, Disappointing

See it if you're a fan of Adam Driver.

Don't see it if you are not an ardent fan of Lanford Wilson's plays.

Also "Burn This" was never one of Lanford Wilson's best plays though it has... Read more Read less

72
Intense, Edgy, Ambitious, Great acting

See it if Well acted drama and intense emotions.

Don't see it if You don’t want to see an intense relationship drama.

88
Profound, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You want to see a lovely production of a beautiful Lanford Wilson script with an A-game cast, including a riveting Adam Driver.

Don't see it if You can’t handle monologue-heavy plays and intense character studies

90
Great acting, Intelligent, Great writing, Entertaining

See it if You enjoy intelligent, heartfelt and human dramadies. Adam Driver is exceptional!

Don't see it if You don’t enjoy romantic, old school plays.

Also I saw the original production and feel Adam Driver gives as magnetic a... Read more Read less

79
Delightful, Entertaining, Great staging, Great acting, Funny

See it if you're a fan of Adam Driver and Brandon Uranowitz. They are both excellent in this. Adam Driver in particular really commands the stage.

Don't see it if you're a fan of Keri Russell. She was flat and a bit disappointing. She didn't really have much chemistry with the other male actors.

90
Relevant, Great acting, Funny, Absorbing

See it if You enjoy dialog heavy, emotional plays. Adam Driver is remarkable.

Don't see it if You are looking for a light evening without message.

75
Cliched, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if You like Adam Driver, he's fantastic in this. If you don't mind seeing something a bit dated. It's entertaining but not all that smart.

Don't see it if You are looking for something edgy or thought-provoking.

75
Great acting, Intelligent, Indulgent, Dated, Entertaining

See it if You like Adam Driver or Keri Russell. You like offbeat romantic comedy.

Don't see it if You expect a flawless production. Don't like long plays.

78
Entertaining, Funny, Great acting

See it if You want to see an over the top performance by Adam Driver

Don't see it if You don’t want to see a play that deals with death and grief

Also I found Drivers performance too oversized for Russell’s controlled one... Read more Read less

65
Intense, Great staging, Disappointing, Great acting, Dated

See it if you're such a big fan of the leads that you can look past a solid yet unsurprising script.

Don't see it if you have to pay $$$$ to see it.

80
Thought-provoking, Clever, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You want to see a fantastic performance by Adam Driver. You like to think about the mysteries of attraction.

Don't see it if You prefer plays about conventional families.

90
Resonant, Intense, Great writing, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if Great acting from the full cast. Play holds up very well

Don't see it if It is a long play. Could have cut 20 minutes.

81
Quirky, Almost everyone was super acting, Entertaining

See it if you want to be amazed by how great all the actors are, except K. Russell; A Driver is actually a must see in this which makes it so hard...

Don't see it if ...that Russell is so plastic and unemotional in her performance, I actually felt bad for the other actors who were wonderful

75
Absorbing

See it if You are a big fan of Adam Driver or Keri Russell.

Don't see it if The thought of a 2.5 hour play is too much.

77
A little uneven, Funny, Absorbing

See it if you want to see a strong performance of a contemporary classic. Well-performed, well-staged, surprisingly easy to fit in a 2019 world.

Don't see it if you want a straight-up comedy.

Also The performances are, largely, solid. However, some actors (Driver) co... Read more Read less

85
Quirky, Great writing, Intense

See it if the cast appeals to you and you're in for a roller-coaster ride.

Don't see it if you don't enjoy dialogue heavy shows.

90
The main character has a primitive quality that keeps you off guard., Thought-provoking, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you like exploring provocative interpersonal chemistries.

Don't see it if you are uncomfortable with unpredictable individuals.

75
Quirky, Fluffy, Entertaining

See it if You want a few laughs and aren't paying too much. The male leads are fun.

Don't see it if You prefer a well-structured play with some meat.

75
Relevant, Resonant, Slow, Great acting

See it if See it if you are a big fan of Keri Russell, Adam Driver, or Brandon Uranowitz. They were all great. I went mostly to see Keri Russel live.

Don't see it if Adam’s character was funny but very unlikable. I had a hard time understanding why Keri’s character would fall for him.


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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