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Adam Driver, Keri Russell Star on Broadway – Variety



The ache for an absent artist permeates Lanford Wilson's "Burn This," now receiving a finely-tuned Broadway revival that features incendiary performances by Adam Driver and Keri Russell, playing two shocks in a powerful and passionate dance of denial. 19659002] AIDS is never mentioned in this 1987 play, yet the epidemic and the profound grievance that it caused is deeply embedded in its DNA. The pain of loss and the need for connection – even between unlikely lovers – is at the heart of this odd but appealing play, part shiva and part romcom.

Though the cause of death for the play's brilliant dancer Robbie is a freak boating accident, the mourning for bright lives taken prematurely resonates strongly with the epidemic that gripped New York in the era of the play was written. The effect of Robbie's death (and the death of his lover Dom) has on Anna (Russell), his roommate and dance partner, and on Robbie's older, working-class brother Jimmy, nicknamed Pale (Driver) ̵

1; who bears a striking resemblance to his sibling – cuts to their cores, immobilizing their actions and numbing their hearts.

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