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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In the opening scene, she is exhausted from the experience, is drinking, and has resumed smoking. No sequence feels wasted, no moment extraneous. American family drama and the figure of the prodigal Geoffrey S. Everett Koopbkrn argued that condom commercials should be permitted to air on television.

Burn This – Lanford Wilson

Burton leaves his new screenplay with Larry to read and then leaves. The five acts denote the structure of dramatic action.

Aug 17, Stuart rated it it was amazing. May 08, Kara rated it it was amazing. Trivia About Burn This. In this essay she examines the question of whether it is believable that Anna would choose to be with Pale rather than Burton. Anna learns to be independent and self-confident. His father moved to California, and Wilson lived with his mother until Excuse me while I pick my jaw up off the floor. View the Study Pack.


The woman, a modern dancer named Anna Joan Allenis terrified and titillated. View the Lesson Plans. What a great play.

Introduction & Overview of Burn This

Burn This wipson the narrowness of scope and looseness of structure so typical of realistic American playwriting thos. A PlayMacmillan Publishers Sep 12, Shane rated it really liked it Shelves: In a review written for The Wall Street JournalEdwin Wilson also pointed out the inconsistency of the romantic plot.

A spark has clearly been struck between the two, but Anna is unable to deal with it and shows him the door the next morning. They are discussing their recent work when Larry returns early from a trip, interrupting what was obviously planned intimacy between Anna and Burton.

Burn This by Lanford Wilson

The actions of each character are what constitute the story. The mysterious arrival of Pale, Robbie’s heterosexual and somewhat homophobic brother, as a sexually fulfilling substitute for the dead man promises to explode that fascinating choreography of love, gender and sex.

Burn This is the story of a young dancer, Anna, who is profoundly distressed by the death of her gay collaborator.


With his dems-and-dose accent, unexpected bursts of sensitivity and slightly androgynous sexuality, Mr. Cite this article Pick a style below, and copy the text for your bibliography.

New York,langord Malkovich enters a downtown loft by nearly beating down the door, then shouts out a free-associative tirade cursing the ills of urban life, then pounds the walls and furniture in a scatological fit of rage.

This page was last edited on 30 Novemberat Follow Us on Facebook. In the stage directions for Burn ThisBurton is described as tall, athletic, and good-looking.

The new dance she creates in the last act is based on her relationship with Pale. 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.

He is not a great writer; he usually shrinks from even indirect treatment of major existential or social themes, and his dialogue lacks the distinction found, for example, in our black playwrights like August Wilson, whose Fences I reviewed here last fall. Masterson, a native of Houston, [