note: entire contents copyright 2004 by Beverly Creasey
Why are woman so attracted to the dangerous guys? The guys with their life out of control and their passions raging? It’s “the broken wing syndrome”---It’s the opposite of a safe predictable life. It’s the need to save someone. It’s what draws Anna away from the steady boyfriend who’s always there for her to the wild, unpredictable stranger who bursts on the scene and literally sweeps her off balance.
The Devanaugh Theatre’s taut, beautifully acted production of Lanford Wilson’s BURN THIS (at the Piano Factory) crackles with energy when Joshua Rollins as Pale invades the loft where Anna and Larry grieve the loss of their roommate.
Mara Sidmore as Anna gives a lovely performance as the tightly wound, directionless dancer/ choreographer. Adam Soule is wonderfully impish and charming as Anna’s best friend/roommate. It’s he who eventually pushes her toward “the truth.” Pale is the manic (depressive?) brother of the beloved dead man and a direct threat to Richard LaFrance as Anna’s rock solid, longtime lover.
Director Rose Carlson nails the “quiet desperation” which makes living on the edge seem so tempting. The Devanaughn set, complete with ballet bar and mirrors (which gives you another entire angle on the play) is the best use of the Piano Factory space yet. BURN THIS sizzles. Don’t miss it.