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

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.

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.

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

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

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

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.

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.

90
Great writing, Great acting, Funny, Entertaining

See it if you appreciate a play that lights your fire and keeps you warm.

Don't see it if you get offended by some insensitive language.

Also Similar character traits between Adam... Read more Read less

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

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

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

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

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.

90
Masterful, Great writing, Must see, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You want to see Adam Driver on stage - he is giving a masterful performance. Brandon Uranowitz is also excellent.

Don't see it if You don't like straight plays.

Also This production is all around excellent, although I do have a couple o... Read more Read less

90
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

70
Intense, Great acting, Disappointing

See it if you like intense drama relating to relationships and grief / you like the actors / you like the playwright

Don't see it if you're expecting it to be a "romantic" show at all. it felt more like a long emotionally abusive relationship with humor tossed in

95
Entertaining, Riveting, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you like plays with a lot of smart dialogue and great acting.

Don't see it if you want mindless entertainment

70
Slow, Indulgent, Quirky

See it if you are fans of Adam Driver and/or Brandon Uranowitz.

Don't see it if values are on the conservative side.

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

65
Indulgent, Slow, Disjointed, Disappointing

See it if If you like Lanford Wilson's plays and a are big fan of the great cast members.

Don't see it if If you don't like drawn out dramadies about grief, relationships and lost souls.

89
Thought-provoking, Great acting, Delightful, Absorbing

See it if You like these 2 actors especially Adam Driver who exceeds playing a part that would be boring except for his take on it -closing this week

Don't see it if You expect some music not a full drama -could be intense in some areas

79
Interesting, Great writing, Intelligent, Quirky, Clever

See it if You like intelligent comedy, witty dialogue and very good character interaction.

Don't see it if If you can’t handle profanity or if you are expecting a typical love story

Also Adam Driver is excellent. My only complaint is some of his dialogue is... Read more Read less

86
Absorbing, Funny, Riveting, Great acting

See it if You like any of the actors. You like good performances by good actors in an intense but enjoyable show.

Don't see it if You want a musical or lighthearted show.


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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