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

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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

84
Quirky, Slow, Intense, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you enjoy straight plays, fine acting and the work of Lanford Wilson. Adam Driver gives a performance that is memorable.

Don't see it if you don't like talking plays that are slow. The play is long but only starts to slightly drag towards the end of the second act.

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

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

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.

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

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.

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

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
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.

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.

70
Great acting, Confusing

See it if Simple staging, powerful acting.

Don't see it if Not sure what the message of the story. The ending was a bit surprising to me, not in a good way.

75
Quirky, Slow, Boring, Funny, Great acting

See it if You are a fan of Adam Driver. He steals the show.

Don't see it if You want a fast paced, dramatic, action driven, night at the theatre.

Also The first scene’s exposition nearly killed me. I was so bored. The mos... Read more Read less

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.

69
Slow, Dated

See it if you like the actors and the playwright

Don't see it if you do not like long plays or foul langauge.

86
Slow, Great acting, Great staging, Hilarious

See it if you are a fun of Adam Driver -fabulous performance- and enjoy a fun evening at the theatre.

Don't see it if you are looking for a thought-provoking serious play.

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


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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