Lanford Wilson's Burn This from Ruskin Group Theatre Co.
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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 not crisp, and the necessary passion between Pale and Anna was missing. The actor playing Anna's witty, yet complex roommate Larry was the highlight, and Dominic Comperatore's Pale was strong aside from the missing passion with Anna.
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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.
<p>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.</p> <p>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...</p>