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
Cliched, Romantic, Funny, Great acting

See it if you like dramatic plays with great acting

Don't see it if You don’t like cliched, small plays about people experiencing grief

71
Cliched, Great acting, Slow, Overrated, Dated

See it if Adam Driver is a powerhouse. Brandon Uranowitz is solid.

Don't see it if Play overall is kind of purposeless. Keri Russell was disappointing.

87
Great acting, Intense, Romantic

See it if You're a fan of Adam Driver and Brandon Uranowitz - they are truly putting out great performances! Overall, the show leans in to the humor.

Don't see it if You're not a fan of straight plays, you don't enjoy period pieces (80s)

88
Thought-provoking, Great acting

See it if You are a fan of Kerry Russell and Adam driver. It gives you a lot to think about regarding how grief impacts relationships

Don't see it if You don’t like thought provoking plays

100
Intense, Great acting, Must see, Hilarious, Entertaining

See it if You appreciate the heights/depths of incredibly unique personalities reacting to the same event, turning sadness into hysterical laughter.

Don't see it if If the "F" word bothers you. However, it really fits the main character in this show, so see it anyway!

Also Looking at the marquee, and not knowing the background of the story, I... Read more Read less

86
Clever, Must see, Intense, Great writing, Great acting

See it if You want to hear some of the best written prose in a play and want a well cast group of actors to deliver. A fabulous evening great theatre

Don't see it if You don not wish to see great actors own the material and story. If you only like musical theatre, not musical cadence and rhythm in word

75
Riveting, Funny, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if Adam Driver carried this show on his back! What a performance!

Don't see it if The chemistry between Adam Driver's and Keri Russell's characters was simply not there, making the plot somewhat unbelievable

70
Romantic, Slow, Resonant, Great acting, Dated

See it if you love these specific actors and love a well written play.

Don't see it if you don't like dated material. It was slow until Adam Driver appeared onstage. Keri Russel is out of her league here.

90
Edgy, Great writing, Funny, Clever, Absorbing

See it if See this show if you enjoy amazing writing and acting, will make you laugh and cry, Adam Driver and Keri Russell are terrific.

Don't see it if If you don't like dramatic comedy

66
Romantic, Dated

See it if you are a fan of russell and driver

Don't see it if you are not into romcom.

86
Great writing, Great acting, Funny

See it if You like funny, thoughtful plays. Evocative lighting/sets. Great acting. Movie/TV stars onstage

Don't see it if My only criticism is that the acting is a bit uneven. I felt there were 3 OUTSTANDING acting performances and one that was ok-kind of forced

96
Great acting, Funny, Absorbing

See it if An absorbing, incredibly well acted show. I can’t say enough about each of the actors. Adam Driver’s physicality blows the roof off.

Don't see it if You are flummoxed by strong sensuality.

79
Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Great acting

See it if you want to see Adam Driver dominate the stage. Brandon Uranowitz brings his usual charm to bear as well. It was a joy to watch those two.

Don't see it if you are expecting crazy chemistry between the two marquee stars. You'd think Driver could have chemistry with a houseplant, but no.

Also I love this play and I wanted to love this production of it, but I can... Read more Read less

88
Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if Although the show slowed at times the acting, particularly Adam Driver was very. good.

Don't see it if If you don’t like serious drama and/or don’t like the lead actors

91
Intense, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You love a deep drama, amazing acting and star-quality on display!

Don't see it if Just see it! It will Stay with you days after you leave the theatre.

95
Great writing, Romantic, Must see, Hilarious, Great acting

See it if you want to see an outstanding amazing Adam Driver and a wonderful cast in a hilarious comedic romance.

Don't see it if You don’t like to laugh and don’t enjoy outstanding acting

60
Indulgent, Funny

See it if You love Adam Driver, who steals the show.

Don't see it if You want to see a play that is relevant and timely. This piece is older, but doesn't translate any relevant messages to the current times.

78
Intense, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Great acting, Dated

See it if You like Lanford Wilson's writing style, Adam Driver, Keri Russell, and plays. The acting is great. Michael Mayer directs well once again.

Don't see it if You don't like plays, especially ones that are dated and portray notions of toxic masculinity.

72
Overrated, Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Disappointing

See it if you like Brandon Uranowitz/Adam Driver.

Don't see it if you want a really tight production. The actors waver scene to scene, and overall, individual performances are more memorable than the whole.

73
Great acting

See it if Adam driver's performance is outstanding

Don't see it if Excessive unnecessary cursing bothers you

75
Great acting, Dated, Intelligent, Uneven

See it if Adam Driver is spectacular in a good production of a not-so-great play with some very entertaining moments, mostly when he is on stage

Don't see it if I wish the chemistry between him and Keri Russell felt more potent and the play could have used some editing - it's feels too long

85
Masterful, Great acting, Funny, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if You like great acting and complex characters that aren’t easily understood on the surface.

Don't see it if You like simple character development or if you expect Kerri Russell to be any good.

79
Funny, Riveting, Dated, Great acting

See it if you want to see Adam Driver give a great performance; you don’t mind a cliched, uninteresting depiction of the tired “gay best friend”

Don't see it if You are offended at seeing another gay depicted in a stereotypical way;

87
Romantic, Great acting, Funny, Entertaining

See it if you are a big Adam Driver fan. You won't be disappointed.

Don't see it if you have no patience for some slow spots in a play, especially the first 20 or 25 minutes. The pace quickened after Driver entered the scene

Also Many comment that it is incredible that she would fall in love with Pa... Read more Read less

80
Overrated, Slow, Raunchy, Disappointing, Absorbing

See it if Adam Driver is the whole play. From the moment he enters, he takes over the production.

Don't see it if It gets bogs down at times going over the same topics over and over again. The characters become sort of cardboard cutouts after a while.


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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