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

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.

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

82
Resonant, Intense, Intelligent, Absorbing, Great acting

See it if you like absorbing revivals-this is more compelling than the original Broadway version. you like great acting/staging/production.

Don't see it if You are offended by foul language and sexual situations and mentions of drug and alcohol useage.

79
Entertaining, Funny, Absorbing

See it if You want to catch Adam Driver in a major performance. Good revival overall

Don't see it if You need it to be pitch perfect. Keri Russell has good chemistry with Driver.

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.

50
Slow, Insipid, Disappointing, Banal

See it if You want to see Adam Driver and Kerri Russell, despite the lack of chemistry and lack of an interesting plot

Don't see it if You appreciate subtlety and elegance and chemistry and plot and you do not want to see an event lacking in all those qualities

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

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

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

95
Funny, Entertaining, Must see, Great acting, Clever

See it if You like a resonating well acted funny play about grief and love.

Don't see it if You don’t like plays with profanity and about relationships, love and art

91
Riveting, Quirky, Great writing, Entertaining, Great acting

See it if if you want to see some great acting.

Don't see it if if you do not like plays.

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.

50
Slow, Dated, Indulgent, Cliched

See it if you are "those types" of star-gazers wanting to see Driver and Russell walking the boards and waiting backstage for an autograph.

Don't see it if you do not buy into why these people could possibly fall in love, condoning the male lead's boorish behavior.

Also Having seen "Burn this" and "Frankie and Johnny" back to back, I find ... Read more Read less

75
Indulgent, Cliched

See it if You would like to see a very big performance by Adam Driver.

Don't see it if Dated, clichéd, thinly drawn characters, without the heart to back up the fireworks. Good acting though and staging.

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
Riveting, Great writing, Great acting, Clever, Absorbing

See it if Interesting character development with superb acting from the entire cast.

Don't see it if You can’t deal with a frenetic personality.

80
Provocative, Intelligent, Patient, Well acted, Engaging

See it if Adam Driver and Keri Russel deliver terrific work in this engaging romantic drama filled with sharp dialogue and well realized characters.

Don't see it if Not for everyone. Will play more for adult audiences into patient, character driven theatre.

78
Relevant, Quirky, Entertaining

See it if Adam Driver was fascinating to watch. He was definitely a force on the stage. Great music throughout. Reminded me of childhood dreams.

Don't see it if You expect the same energy from the rest of the cast. Driver is a force and sometimes other "characters" were just standing in the way

63
Great acting, Disappointing, Intense, Dated, Ambitious

See it if you are a fan of Adam Driver. HIs performance is riveting.

Don't see it if you are looking for Keri Russell to be as amazing as she is in The Americans. Her performance is wooden and stilted.

84
Intense, Titilating, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you are an Adam Driver fan and want to see him act with intensity up close. You enjoy an off-beat drama that's not too serious.

Don't see it if you aren't a fan of Adam Driver or Keri Washington... or if you think dramas should make you cry.

87
Riveting, Refreshing, Must see, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if Great performance by Adam driver, who completely steals the show, but everyone else is excellent as well. Just see it for the acting.

Don't see it if You don't like "slice of life" plays.

67
Unconvincing, Disappointing, Dizzying, Dated

See it if You want to see what captured audiences a few decades ago.

Don't see it if If you expect a script that clearly defines the desires of the characters

92
Must see, Masterful, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You like straight plays and appreciate brilliant writing and master performances. Adam Driver is superior.

Don't see it if you're looking for a frothy jukebox musical

80
Intense, Absorbing, Great writing

See it if You like well constructed and interesting drama. Well cast and acted show

Don't see it if You aren’t ready for a burly and intense performance from Adam Driver.

75
Disappointing, Entertaining, Funny

See it if You will appreciate an awesome performance from Adam Driver or you’re just generally curious about the Kerry-Adam match up in this show.

Don't see it if you get resentful or beyond distracted by slow performance... Kerri Russell struggles in this. Could be the writing or directing for her


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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