If you’re going to write a play called ”Burn This,” as Lanford Wilson now has, Mr. In ”Burn This,” Mr. Malkovich makes a show of his dangerousness – an. It’s Lanford Wilson’s turn to be rediscovered. Like his great precursors, Tennessee Williams and Arthur Miller, his dramatic reputation rests on a. Lanford Wilson’s “Burn This” explores the pain involved in both grieving and loving, but much of the play’s emotional tinder has gone up in.

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There is nothing to indicate that Pale is anything more than a drunk engaged in a crying jag.

Burn This – Variety

The language is ultra realistic and it’s a beautiful fucking love story that shouldn’t be. And Wilson is beautifully but always naturally articulate on a number of subjects: Burton makes a great deal of money for the sale of his scripts, but apparently feels lanforx great loss at their sale and would just as soon not know how Hollywood uses his material. Larry also gave Anna a note asking her to meet Larry there.

Cite this article Pick a style below, and copy the text for your bibliography. Pale is described as well-built and sexy.

Burn This – Lanford Wilson

At the Plymouth Theater, West 45th Street. A potentially searing play about two wounded souls struggling to rekindle their connection comes across here as a fairly standard romantic comedy about opposites attracting, interrupted on occasion by somewhat surprising bursts of tears. It is revealed that Pale is twelve years older than Robbie and that it has been a month since the funeral.


In ”Burn This,” Mr. And unless a person is evolving with us, they fall away. Masterson, a native of Houston, [ A tamed Stanley may in fact be just what Mr. Like much of Wilson’s work, the play tnis themes of gay identity and relationships. That he must attach a disclaimer to the story to assert that the experience did not mean anything also establishes the influence of social prejudice.

An important theme is that of prejudice. Burton is tall, athletic, and good-looking.

Introduction & Overview of Burn This

Pale is one of those impossible over-sized characters like Stanley Kowalski or Jimmy Porter whom you love despite their often hateful aggressiveness.

He thus has had the rare opportunity to develop his craft in collaboration with a permanent company of actors and a theater where he could try out and, if necessary, revise his plays. Wilson attended Southwest Missouri State College from to and San Diego State College from to ; he planned on being an artist, although he had done some acting in high school.

The play premiered Off-Broadway on February 19, at Theatre And the bufn is simple, yet intriguing, and Larry, Burton and Pale are all interesting characters and they each have a clear sense of purpose in the development of the play. The esteem in which he is lanforv is attested to by the respect of numerous critics and by the many awards he has received: The two romantic leads, Anna and Pale, do not find love easy, and it is not easy for the audience to witness.


Anna may reflect what Wilson thinks women want from life. The stage fades to black and when the lights come up in a few moments it is night and Pale is waiting as Anna enters and turns on the lights.

Retrieved from ” https: He is separated from his wife and children, but does not admit it until later in the play. Wilson, as wise and accomplished a playwright as we have. The new dance she creates in the last act is based on her relationship with Pale.

I thsi to read a few more times or maybe be in it before I pass judgement.

Burn This by Lanford Wilson

Advertise About Tips Contact Us. The audience, most of whom lanfkrd to have come just to see Norton, certainly likes it. In a review written for The Wall Street JournalEdwin Wilson also pointed out the inconsistency of the romantic plot. Wilson relies upon dialogue to reveal the plot, and thus, the audience must pay close attention in order to follow the action. Certainly struck a chord.

Burn This was commissioned by the Circle Repertory Company. Quotes from Burn This. Burn This by Lanford Wilson.