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

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.

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.

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.

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

87
Great staging, Star power, Riveting, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if if you want to see very strong performers in very hot - albeit totally implausible - scenario. Some long fiery monologues.

Don't see it if if you expect plays to unfold rationally with characters responding at least somewhat logically. If you can't sit for almost 3 hours.

86
Must see, Intense, Great acting

See it if U want 2C a commanding performance by Adam Driver who's ever-present & dynamic: most actors would have difficulty grounding it in reality.

Don't see it if Don't see it if you can't allow yourself to mentally exist in this less-than-contemporary story...

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.

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.

85
Engrossing, strong, great acting, thought-provoking

See it if You are an Adam Driver fan....he is the master of this performance. While a bit dated, it makes you think about realtionships on many levels

Don't see it if You are looking for a light piece of fluff. This is an intense, complex piece of writing with lots of thought-provoking messages.

89
Riveting, Intense, Great acting, Funny, Absorbing

See it if if love/appreciate the great Adam Driver. This production is surprisingly funny and all involved are very good. but Driver: Wow!

Don't see it if you don't like straight plays and/or are put off by profanity

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.

80
Great writing, Entertaining

See it if you're a Lanford Wilson fan. Honestly, it's worth seeing for the performances--specifically Adam Driver and Brandon Uranowitz.

Don't see it if it's worth seeing for Adam Driver's performance but I couldn't help feel that his performance was hampered with Kerri Russell as Anna.

Also She turned in a "serviceable" performance and is easy to watch; howeve... Read more Read less

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.

60
Disappointing, Confusing, Dated

See it if Because of Adam Driver and the roommate

Don't see it if Because of Keri Russell (soooo bad) and the rich guy actor (bad, but not as bad as Russell)

78
Entertaining, Character play, Quirky, Intense, Clever

See it if Adam is a tour de force that will take you for a ride. The show is about characters not about a story line.

Don't see it if you are looking for something different.

92
Must see, Funny, Intense, Great acting, Great writing

See it if You want to see some great acting worthy of Pacino from Adam Driver, plus three other fine actors doing well by a great writer.

Don't see it if You prefer lighter fare, or you are tired of intense, sexual tension-filled dramas. Clearly I am not.

Also This is a very fine production, and I hope it spawns a renaissance of ... Read more Read less

91
Absorbing, Great writing, Funny, Great acting

See it if You are a fan of Adam Driver and want to see him take on a different role. Keri Brandon give incredible performances.

Don't see it if If you want to see a new play or musical.

90
Raunchy, Edgy, Great acting

See it if You are a fan of Adam Driver, are looking for an interesting play made for a mature audience

Don't see it if You want something light and fluffy

79
Entertaining, Intense, Great acting

See it if You want to see some good acting and have the patience to listen to what the actors are saying. Take a trip back to the 80s.

Don't see it if Bad language offends you.

Also Adam Driver is intense here and his character can at times roll over t... Read more Read less

89
Intense, Edgy, Entertaining, Great staging, Great acting

See it if wonderful acting, especially Adam Driver, interesting storyline

Don't see it if intense storyline, death themes

85
Absorbing, Great staging, Great acting

See it if You enjoy great acting and a simple linear plot.

Don't see it if You can't handle sitting still a bit too long.

Also I will admit to being bothered at the overuse of the gay best friend c... Read more Read less

81
Great acting, Entertaining

See it if You don’t need a heady play. It’s pretty much one of his lighter works but Adam Driver is magnificent. He IS the show.

Don't see it if You prefer a more heavy, thought -provoking play.

76
Slow, Disappointing, Confusing, Intense, Cliched

See it if If you want to see stars although the intensity is variable and the story dated

Don't see it if Varying intensity between the actors in a boring story

76
Must see, Dated, Thought-provoking, Slow, Intelligent

See it if you want to see a faithful remounting of Wilson's classic. You like Adam Driver who transcends the legacy of John Malkovich.

Don't see it if you don't want to see Keri Russell playing Keri Russell (or at least playing the part as her character in "The Americans")


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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