Lanford Wilson's Modern Classic Burn This at the Mark Taper Forum
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Moisés Kaufman (33 Variations, The Laramie Project) directs Obie Award-winning writer-performer Daniel Beaty in this solo show spotlighting the life and work of legendary singer, actor and activist Paul Robeson. It's the amazing true story of the Columbia Law School graduate and early NFL player, who gained notoriety in London by starring in Show Boat and Othello, and recording deep-voiced renditions of spirituals, like his famed "Ol' Man River." But he was also known as an outspoken civil-rights and social-justice activist who became a target of the McCarthy hearings. Buoyed by a live musical combo, The Tallest Tree in the Forest mixes poetic storytelling with 14 songs, including "Happy Days Are Here Again," and finds Beaty portraying more than 20 characters, with "signature wit, grit and piercing lyricism" (The New York Times). Learn More
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Featured review from Stephen Seiferheld May
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I'm often in public places, like on the bus or subway, where every other word out of some people's mouths is "fuck" or "like." Occasional profanity doesn't bother me when it makes a point, but it was so REPETITIOUS. I don't like hearing it on the bus and I didn't like it coming out of Pale's mouth. I know it's his character, but I just don't want to hear it or be around it. The play was good and the acting excellent. I'd only recommend it to someone who doesn't mind hearing variations of the word "fuck' about 400 times within two hours.
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“_Burn This _cherishes every involuntary spark of feeling that suddenly lights up the darkness.” —New York Times
Anna is a dancer-choreographer who has lost Robbie, her best friend and collaborator, in a tragic accident. Pale is Robbie’s brother, a powder-keg lost in his own way, who arrives at her doorstep in the middle of the night. Pale is dangerous, sexy, raw and demanding, and he interrupts the course of Anna’s existence bringing major changes in her life.
This passionate modern classic, by Pulitzer Prize-winner Lanford Wilson (Talley’s Folly_), features original music by Peter Golub, and is directed by Nicholas Martin (_Dead End at the Ahmanson,_ The House of Blue Leaves_ at the Taper) and features Brooks Ashmanskas (Julie & Julia), Ken Barnett (Puccini for Beginners, The Producers_), Zabryna Guevara (Marley & Me, All Good Things_) and Adam Rothenberg (Mad Money, The Ex-List). _B
urn This_, which had its world premiere in CTG/Mark Taper Forum’s 1986-87 season, moved to Broadway in 1987, and helped to ignite the careers of John Malkovich and Joan Allen. Newsweek said of the play, “[It] has a voracious vitality and an almost manic determination to drive right into the highest voltage that life can register.”