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Average customer review: 3.0 star rating (3.1 Stars)

Number of reviews: 34



1.0 star rating L morgan from New York, New York


We were excited to see this play because of Keri Russell and Adam Driver and didn’t even look into the reviews prior to purchasing our tickets. BIG mistake. No plot, uninteresting dialogue, overacting (way over the top) by Driver, beyond boring performance by Russell. I got a good nap in. Perhaps the only redeeming quality about this show. I’m embarrassed to tell anyone that we spent our time on this waste of time.

2.0 star rating from New York, New York


I enjoy Keri Russell, but a 45 year playing a young dancer didn't fly. She has the body type, but didn't have the presence or stamina. Her voice was weird, her actions only focused on pushing her hair off her face, and her emotions communicated so completely dry, the audience was begging to get out of the desert. Adam Driver saved the show! Some small funny bits delivered by the gay roommate- his name not worthy looking for at the moment. If I knew I would be bored to tears- I would never had bought tickets to this long, arduous play. The ONLY redeeming fact to see it, and i would again in the front row- is to see Adam Driver. He delivers!! The rest- a snoozefest!

1.0 star rating Diane R from New York, New York


Well 6 of us came excited to see this. There was No Chemistry, No Rhyme nor reason to this play. Quite frankly it was painful to sit through . Dialogue was slow and boring. We wanted to leave but hoped it would have gotten better but..... I wish we could have gotten a refund.

2.0 star rating Beth R. from New York, New York


I was so looking forward to this show, and was so letdown when I finally saw it. I'm a big fan of Keri Russell, so it saddens me to say, she was just plain old dull in this. Adam Driver's performance was the only reason for the extra star in my rating, he was really good, but still not enough to keep me interested. The plot itself was boring, I kept waiting for that big moment where there was somewhat of a twist, but it never came. Not to mention, I felt no chemistry between the two leads. I may be in the minority because I heard others gushing about it after the show was over, but my friends who I attended with all felt the same as I did.

2.0 star rating Suzanne from Arlington


Not sure why this 80s throw back merits a Broadway revival, except to capitalize on the star power of the two leads. In this age of mindfulness and meditation, does anyone want to burn like a gem like flame anymore? There are two problems with the text. One, the character being mourned throughout the play is a cipher. We are told Robbie was a great dancer with a lot of drive, but given little else. Since he is so lightly sketched, I found it difficult to buy into the immense grief emanating from the stage. especially at the beginning. It might have been helpful to have a poster of him somewhere or even some kind of video, to make him more palpable. Not sure. The other problem is that Wilson doesn't seem to understand Anna is his main character, not Pale. She is the one facing life changing decisions, but she is thinly written. We are told she had a protective upbringing in the Chicago suburbs. At one pt. she complains (confusingly) that she has never had a private life. But exactly what, pray tell, is driving her into the arms of the offensive and abusive Pale? The critic at the Daily News mentioned the "eroticism of mourning," and I suppose that works as an explanation. In times of grief, we reach for life. But, still, I didn't buy her attraction to Pale for one minute. Maybe I am over analyzing here. There are lots of enjoyable, funny bits . Driver, if a bit over the top, does captivate. And while Russell's mannerisms can annoy, she looks enchanting in very flattering costumes. If you want to see two Tony nominated performances (Driver and Uranowitz) by all means go. (The Hudson is a jewel.) But if you're looking for a meaningful night of theater, I'd say skip it.

2.0 star rating Melissa from Bergen county, NJ


I’m a a big Keri Russel fan. Loved Felicity. Loved her in the off broadway play, Fat Pig so that’s why my husband bought me these tickets for my birthday. Adam Driver was just weird. He was channeling Andrew Dice Clay perhaps? Keri Russel was just kind of just whiny most of the time and I usually love her. I blame it on the writing. The story was unimaginative and really boring. No twists no turns, so bland. Can’t believe the good reviews it is getting. Do not waste your money.


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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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