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Arts & Entertainment - March 19, 2010

A haunting tale

In Dragon's well-cast 'Burn This,' four characters try to find their way

by Kevin Kirby

Written by Lanford Wilson in the mid-1980s and currently in production at Dragon Theatre, "Burn This" is the story of four people finding their way in the aftermath of an untimely death. A week prior to the play's opening scene, Robbie, a dynamic young dancer in New York City, drowns in a freak boating accident, along with his lover, Dominic.

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Posted by Theater fan
a resident of St. Claire Gardens
on Mar 21, 2010 at 4:31 pm

I think the problem with staging this play in a small space is that Pale is apparently required to bellow -- what Lai did so loudly that I had to cover my ears to keep from being in pain. What he is bellowing is also even more profane that what Mamet likes to write... that is to say, way way over the top. I had no problem envisioning the space as a loft, but the noise level was so very uncomfortable that I left at intermission, worried that there might be more of the same in Act 2.

Sarah Kate Anderson was easily the best part of the play -- of the half that I saw. She did a fine job. The boyfriend was amateurishly done, and in my opinion, Danny Martin's performance was indeed a caricature, making me squirm with embarrassment for him.

So, sadly, I do not recommend this as a good way to spend an evening. The last production was excellent, and I have hope for the next one.


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