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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Wilson’s funniest lines, on subjects as varied as Detroit, gay New Year’s Eve parties and corporate Christmas cards. Malkovich is outrageous and totally fascinating. Jake Gyllenhaal was to star, with direction by Michael Mayer.

Quotes from Burn This. View the Study Pack. Winston Duke has had quite a year. The love triangle, and the general movement from death and separation to a new union, are typical of Western comedy over the past two millennia. Wilson has also written two original television plays, Stoop: The opening stage directions say “the time is the present” but there’s a lot that is quite period-specific cocaine, Tribeca as wasteland for only brave artists and so on.

The male dancer, a homosexual, has just died in a boating accident, and it becomes clear, in their grief, that the two remaining roommates were in love with him. Moving into comfort and routine vs passion and uncertainty. May 08, Kara rated it it was amazing. Generally plots should have a beginning, a middle, and a conclusion, but they may also sometimes be a series of episodes connected together.


Malkovich is surely the man to fan its flames. With his dems-and-dose accent, unexpected bursts of sensitivity and slightly androgynous sexuality, Mr. And yet Anna throws Burton out and chooses Pale. This was a very fine play – just the kind of thing that I like to see – a realistic, taut, contemporary drama with comic elements and interesting characters. He has failed to do this with Anna.

Introduction & Overview of Burn This

Books by Lanford Wilson. Everybody is in a blue state at the beginning, and the dead dancer’s brother, named Pale, shows up drunk at their apartment. Directed by James Houghton.

In many cases art was imitating life in Wikimedia Commons has media related to Thiw This. Dramatists Play Service, Inc. Or should we seek redress, judging the past by present-day standards? I still think this is one of the best plays ever written, and that the production of it I directed inwhen I was a senior in high school, remains the best production of it I’ve ever seen?

Allen’s efforts to convey wilsoh emotional rationale for her whimsical shifts between Pale and Burton.

Burn This | Introduction & Overview

This is my favorite ever play from my favorite ever playwright. Anna is enraged at Robbie and his boyfriend, Dominick, for putting themselves in danger, and even more thiz at having had to play the role of grieving widow at the funeral. I don’t know, I had a lot of eloquent thoughts about this but I’ve forgotten them all.

He had been writing stories on his lunch hours and gathering rejection slips, when he suddenly realized that the story he was writing was not a story but a play. To ask other readers questions about Burn Thisplease sign up. Characters can range from simple stereotypical figures to more complex multifaceted ones.


The play was written when the AIDS epidemic was claiming victims in terrible numbers, prematurely introducing a generation to the universal but always individual — and often isolating — process of mourning. In a play in which no pair of lovers – whether homosexual or heterosexual – has ever lived together, Larry’s voyeurism and disconnectedness seem to say more about the playwright’s feelings of loss and longing than the showier romance at center stage.

Directed by Marshall W. Beneath the Macho posturing must lie a sympathetic core of vulnerability.

Burn This – Lanford Wilson

When the lights come back up, Larry is preparing coffee. In a mostly favorable evaluation of Burn ThisDaniel Watermeier focused on the characters, whom he stated, are grounded against particular archetypes.

This begins shortly after the funeral of a character who does not appear on stage, but whose presence is felt throughout the play. The main characters are the deceased’s roommate and best friend a womanlover, brother, and a screenwriter who is seeing the woman.

Wilson propels the Anna-Pale relationship mechanically, according to the predictable conventions of breezy romantic comedies.