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Burn This Paperback – February 1, 1988
"The Devil Wears Black" by L.J. Shen
From author L.J. Shen comes a second-chance romance about love, loss, finding yourself, and getting lost in the right person. | Learn more
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“From his earliest plays to his last, Burn This, Lanford Wilson has been firmly committed to the free expression of the individual spirit, no matter how nonconformist or even prodigal that spirit may seem to be...In the sense that it deals with lonely and displaced characters, Burn This is in the Wilson tradition. Where it breaks dramatic ground for the author is in its passion...Mr. Wilson exposes deep uncauterized emotional wounds--and offers no salve.” ―Mel Gussow, The New York Times
“The play [Burn This] has a voracious vitality and an almost manic determination to drive right into the highest voltage that life can register.” ―Jack Kroll, Newsweek
About the Author
- Publisher : Hill & Wang; 4th Printing edition (February 1, 1988)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 99 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0374521581
- ISBN-13 : 978-0374521585
- Item Weight : 4.8 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.25 x 0.27 x 8 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #818,974 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I love this play. It has everything. It is a comedy, romance and a tragedy. It is a study of relationships whether it is friendly, sexual, or casual. Somehow the aggressive Id Pale fits well with the passive, aggressive Anna. She fights her falling in love with Pale but knows she can’t and he the same. Pale leaves Anna alone when she tells him but returns later with a lesser demanding job that takes up all her time so he can be with her. I loved that. Also, this play is timeless. I didn’t feel it was dated as I read it. The subject of relationships and emotions is just as relevant in 2021 as it was back in the eighties. I wish I was able to see this life on stage with Adam Driver as Pale but alas I live in Florida. I wish the production would come to Orlando. (Maybe after Covid). I did see a College production of “Burn This.” on Youtube. I recommend that greatly. You will love it. The guy who plays Pale in the College version even kind of looks like Adam Driver. lol. I bought a copy of this play. It was not an ARC.
A few things place this firmly in the time of its writing. I wonder how that element will age, but the heart of the story still reverberates.
presentation so I guess the book was all that it should have been....