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Ruskin Group Theatre
3000 Airport Ave. Santa Monica, CA 90405
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"Burn This"
55 ratings
4.1 average rating
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12 events
4 reviews
1 stars
attended Feb 14 2009

Well acted, nice theater. Will definitely go back for other shows.

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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 not crisp, and the necessary passion between Pale and Anna was missing. The...continued

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119 reviews
55 stars
attended Mar 20 2009

What an enjoyable evening! This is the 3rd show I have seen at the Ruskin, and I love the intimacy of the theater, you feel like you are part of the show. Anna was played by Alexis Boozer, and she was just fantastic, as was Aaron Misakian as...continued

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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…