Burn This sizzles at Playreaders
By Mick Diener
Burn This, the provocative and stirring play by Lanford Wilson, is heating up the stage this week at Playreaders. Wilson, known for his Obie-winning Hot L Baltimore and Pulitzer Prize-winning Talley’s Folly sets Burn This in a downtown New York SoHo loft. Wilson’s body of work is highly acclaimed, but the LA Herald Examiner called Burn This Wilson’s masterpiece and the veritable Drama-logue gushed, “Quite simply, Lanford Wilson’s Burn This is superb writing transformed into brilliant theatre.”
Tue, Dec 17, Wed, Dec 18 and Thu, Dec 19, 7:30pm
St. Paul’s Church
It’s the story of a dancer and choreographer, Anna, who has been stunned by the accidental death of her roommate Robbie, a gay dancer. In and out of the loft come a parade of entertaining male characters, including Anna’s lover Burton, a screenwriter, and her friend and loft-mate Larry, a breezy gay advertising man. Anna’s world is further triggered and transformed by the explosive arrival of Pale, the dead man’s wildly unhinged older brother (famously played by John Malkovich in the original L.A and New York productions).
Shocking, outrageous and larger than life, Burn This presents Wilson’s views on art, sexuality and love, and plays as a love letter to the downtown New York culture scene of the mid-eighties. Mick Diener directs the play and the talented Playreaders cast includes San Miguel favorites Tim Johnson, Clara Dunham, David Galitzky and Sky Yeager. Doors open at 7 and showtime is 7:30pm, but arrive early as curtain goes up once the house is full.