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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Burn This – Lanford Wilson

This study guide contains the following sections: Wilson’s play is a contemporary romantic drama, but it is not a happy romance, and even the resolution cannot be described as entirely happy. The two romantic leads, Anna and Pale, do not find love easy, and it is not easy for the audience to witness. tyis


Early reviews of the play were mixed. Although reviewers commended Joan Allen and John Malkovich’ s performances, some critics questioned the credibility of an attraction between Anna and Pale. Nevertheless, the play has been generally well-received because the characters are interesting, particularly Larry, Anna’s homosexual roommate, who is funny and endearing.

In a interview with David Savron, Wilson explained that Burn Thjs is a love story different from any other love story tnis the characters do not say, “I love you”; they say, “I don’t want this.

Wilson spent time studying modern dance so that he could incorporate the atmosphere and style into his character of Anna.

Burn This is Wilson’s thirty-eighth play, and he wilsln willing to wait for nearly a year to put it on stage because he wanted John Malkovich to play Pale.

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He has stated that with this play he wanted to recapture the convoluted plotting of his burrn plays. Wilson relies upon dialogue to reveal the plot, and thus, the audience must pay close attention in order to follow the action. Burn This was not as commercially or critically successful as were Wilson’s Talley’s Folly or Hot I Baltimore, but it has been widely discussed as a depiction of a contemporary love story.


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