Venue Details

99 Star Starred
Ruskin Group Theatre
3000 Airport Ave. Santa Monica, CA 90405
310-397-3244
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Casual
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Goldstar Member
I was in clothes from a bike ride, and felt completely comfortable. No need to dress up.
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Goldstar Member
Free parking 10 feet from the door.
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The snacks and drinks were cash only.
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JMC
Almost every seat in the house is a good seat.
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Goldstar Member
I walked from my house and was in jeans and a jacket. Totally casual vibe.
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Reviews & Ratings

55 ratings
4.1 average rating
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85 events
27 reviews
33 stars
attended Feb 15 2009

Amazing acting - very well done. Small intimate theate. I have been several times and never disappointed.

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40 events
20 reviews
3 stars
attended Feb 14 2009

The Ruskin Group Theatre Co. chooses the best plays, and the best actors to perform in them. This is the way theatre was meant to be, intimate and enveloping.

I give Burn This, 4 out of 4 stars however, I do not think the stars are cooperating.

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62 events
2 reviews
5 stars
attended Mar 08 2009

More of a 2.5. It was little better than "ok", but not as good as "I liked it". I heard great things about the play, but was a little disappointed. Anna and Burton were... continued

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Description

Commissioned by the Circle Repertory Company, _Burn This _first appeared in Los Angeles in 1987 to near-universal praise. Set in the bohemian art world of downtown New York, this vivid and challenging drama explores the spiritual and emotional isolation of Anna and Pale, two outcasts who meet in the wake of the accidental death by drowning of a mutual friend. Their determined struggle toward emotional honesty and liberation—by no means guar-anteed at the play’s ambiguous end—exemplifies the strength, humor, and complexity of all of Lanford Wilson’s work.

The title of the play is drawn from a statement by one of the characters, a successful-yet-frustrated screenwriter, who asserts that the real artist must “make it personal, tell the truth, and then write, ‘Burn this’ on it.” The play juxtaposes relationships that derive from the head and those that derive from the gut , and it forces the characters to make a choice; it requires them to face stasis versus change, comfort versus passion; and whether or not a passion that opens up art, creativity, and terrible turbulence is a tenable place to live…