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Average customer review: 3.0 star rating (3.1 Stars)

Number of reviews: 34



2.0 star rating from New York, New York


I went in knowing nothing about the show, only that Adam Driver was in it, but this has to be the most boring show I have ever seen. There was little to no plot and the acting left much to be desired. There were some comedic moments, but only enough to elicit a surprised laugh from me. Most of them felt very forced. I even saw a guy three seats down from me sleep through the entire show. I am not familiar with Keri Russell, since I've never seen any of her TV shows or movies. Her acting was just grating. It was one note and lifeless, with no inflection in her voice. It was like she was reading off a script in her head. With each line, I could feel my annoyance building. Adam Driver had more range and a lot of energy, but I can't say I enjoyed it even though he was the reason I came to watch the show. I thought I would be star struck by seeing him on stage but it was quite the opposite. Maybe I'm just not used to hearing him yell for 2 hours straight. I did enjoy Brandon Uranowitz's role as Larry. He was the saving grace of the show. Overall, there are other Broadway shows out there better worth your time and money.

1.0 star rating Sebastian from New York, New York


Not good. Why? first, it appears incredibly dated. Start with the sidekick: the campy gay fool (in the royal sense) absorbing the grief and bearing the insults as comic relief to the angst being dished out center stage - He's also placed as a harmless asexual whose own story is blatantly unnoticed by the other characters - a further emasculation. This type of treatment seems naff, condescending and out of place today. What else? the relationship between the leads is unpleasant, abusive and wholly unbelievable - it just doesn't add up. I felt like I was watching a tired rerun of any other sitcom, except I couldn't channel surf. The audience seemed to like it, laughing as if on cue which was a weird experience and makes me wonder about the social entrainment of TV laugh-tracks in the 80's.. because it really wasn't funny anymore. Russell was ok if a little flat, Driver was so frenetic as to be inaccessible, and the other main (forget who), was very good.. I did like the NJ references however. respect.

2.0 star rating Debbie from New York, New York


I agree with those who felt Keri Russell was one-note and unconvincing. There was actually no believable reason to think she and Pale (Adam Driver) would wind up together after their first "we're both grieving, let's comfort each other" bonk. I liked the Larry character but thought Adam Driver's character was funny but lacking in nuance and overplayed.

5.0 star rating Chels from New York, New York


It starts slow but once Adam Driver walks on stage he is captivating. You cannot take your eyes off of him. Besides the unbelievable sex appeal he is emotional and was able to gain compassion from the audience. I cried and laughed thtrouhout the entire play. I went for Keri Russell (huge Felicity fan) and she was not disappointing! She held her own and her grief came through ten fold. She was great. The roommate also was a great surprise! Comedic timing was perfect along with softer moments. But ADAM DRIVER was beyond the best I’ve ever seen!!!! Well worth the money. I would see again and again and again...I’m Still daydreaming he will marry me!

2.0 star rating Pam from Orlando, FL


I saw this on March 30, assuming the actors would be mostly settled into their roles and the kinks worked out. Sadly, I don't think you can "fix" what's wrong with this play. Adam Driver excels, no surprise there. The transition from film to theater works for him, and I can't say enough about Brandon Uranowitz as Larry. David Furr plays a really solid Burton. The problem is with Russell. I hate saying anything negative, but it just doesn't work. She is stiff and as another reviewer mentioned, seemed more concerned with her hair and leg positioning than interactions with the cast. There's no spontaneity in either her vocals or movements. The chemistry between her and Driver simply doesn't exist in my opinion. She's a good actress; this performance however, was flat. I can't comment on whether the voices are now carrying well enough, as I was in the 2nd row. If you've seen everything else you'd like to see, it's okay as a filler. Otherwise, no.

3.0 star rating Corey from New York, New York


After reading reviews I knew it would be funny-- and it was. Overall I enjoyed it and I'm glad I saw it but, there are some really misses with the acting. First of all, Uranowitz was phenomenal. His timing and acting could not have been more on point. However, the lack of chemistry between Russell and Driver is such a miss. It makes the show feel disjointed and unexciting. Adam Driver really puts a lot into the show and works hard to get into to character. At times he maybe overacts a little and he can feel a little awkward on stage, often checking his surroundings and nervously hitting his mark. I also hate to say it, (because I typically love her) but, Keri Russell was not great at all. She was lifeless and calculated in delivering her lines. Much of what she performed felt like a forced character.

4.0 star rating Patricia Girty from New York, New York


The entry of Driver in scene 2 with a cocaine fueled monologue is worth the ticket. There did not seem to be a combustible passion between the two leads - but Kerri did have some fantastic costumes.


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Burn This ticks ALL the boxes. I would see it again, and again!

Burn This ticks ALL the boxes. I would see it again, and again! Michael Mayer's direction is flawless, the performances are superb, and the set is fantastic.

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