Playwright Lanford Wilson won a Pulitzer Prize for his 1979 play Talley’s Folly and some people think of him as one of the founders of the off-off-Broadway movement, writing and championing works that would be right at home on the stages of some of Cincinnati’s smaller theaters. If you want a sample of his work by the late writer (he died earlier this year at the age of 74), New Edgecliff Theatre is ready to help out with Burn This. It’s the story of a young dancer and her two gay roommates, one who has just died in a freak accident. In the midst of grief, the departed friend’s angry brother arrives to collect his belongings and things begin to change dramatically. NET’s Jim Stump had been considering the show for sometime in the future. “But with Wilson’s untimely death in March,” he says, “I felt it would serve as an appropriate memorial to this passionate voice of the theater.” The original production featured Joan Allen and John Malkovich at the very beginnings of their careers as performers. It will be a good opportunity to see local performers take on this powerful, electrifying work.
Show Times: 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday through Oct. 15.
Where: Columbia Performance Center
Address: 3900 Eastern Ave.