The Rose Tattoo
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The Rose Tattoo
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The Rose Tattoo NYC Reviews and Tickets

73%
(299 Reviews)
Positive
71%
Mixed
23%
Negative
6%
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Great acting, Entertaining, Disappointing, Funny, Dated

About the Show

After playing the role at the Williamstown Theatre Festival in 2016, Academy Award winner Marisa Tomei returns to Broadway as Serafina in Roundabout's revival of Tennessee Williams's lesser-known drama.


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74
Director issues, Huge (mostly unused) cast, Ugly set, Strong acting, Uneven tone

See it if you've never seen/read TRT. I'm a Wms fan. Disappting director. Huge tone swings. Too broad/too dark. Awk staging. Ugly set.. Still fun.

Don't see it if Too many chars. Act II is better. Dated material. Accents annoy. Projections distract. Awful flamingos. Tomei works hard; mostly succeeds.

78
Profound, Great writing, Funny, Great acting

See it if Very well acted. Marisa T is very good in her role with great staging. Not the best Rose Tattoo I have seen but entertaining.ifulikewilliams

Don't see it if Long play. If you like a traditional Rose Tatto, this one is different than past productions. Accents vary from the actors- forced.

Critic Reviews (26)

The New York Times
October 15th, 2019

"Marisa Tomei Braves a Typhoon in ‘The Rose Tattoo’: Trip Cullman’s unmoored production of this atypical comedy from Tennessee Williams presents sexual attraction as a raging force of nature."
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Time Out New York
October 15th, 2019

"'The Rose Tattoo' gets much more pleasurable as it opens into bloom. Tomei is not ideally cast as Serafina-her lightness works against her-and the first act is thick with Italian accents and gesticulation. But Tomei's great talent for romantic comedy clicks into place in her flirtation with Mangiacavallo."
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New York Magazine / Vulture
October 15th, 2019

"Trying to Locate 'The Rose Tattoo'"
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The Hollywood Reporter
October 15th, 2019

"Marisa Tomei stars as a Sicilian American widow who rediscovers the passion beneath her pain in the arms of an ebullient truck driver in the 1951 Tennessee Williams play."
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Entertainment Weekly
October 15th, 2019

Grade: B- "Marisa Tomei gives her all to an unsatisfying revival of 'The Rose Tattoo'"
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Variety
October 15th, 2019

"Despite a huge cast of characters, this is a very slender play — more a mood piece, really — and far from the playwright’s best. Without any solid scene setting, the minimalist production provides little environmental support."
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The Wall Street Journal
October 16th, 2019

"‘The Rose Tattoo’ Review: Sex, Sicilian Style: Tennessee Williams’s part comedy part drama returns to Broadway after a long hiatus with a still-sprawling cast led by Marisa Tomei."
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Deadline
October 15th, 2019

"Marisa Tomei Goes Big For Tennessee"
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Chicago Tribune
October 15th, 2019

"Marisa Tomei is passionate and terrific in 'Rose Tattoo’ on Broadway"
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NY1
October 15th, 2019

"Essentially a romantic comedy, a genre Williams was never really known for...It's still far from his best, and it really only hits the mark when the lead performances are strong and the production is tightly focused. This time around, they got it only half right."
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Theatermania
October 15th, 2019

"Marisa Tomei Runs the Emotional Gamut in 'The Rose Tattoo': Roundabout Theatre Company presents a new revival of the 1951 Tennessee Williams play."
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BroadwayWorld
October 16th, 2019

"Marisa Tomei and Tripp Cullman Bring Out The Operatic Flourishes in Tennessee Williams' 'THE ROSE TATTOO'"
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Lighting & Sound America
October 23rd, 2019

"[Tomei] is handicapped by a high, light speaking voice and too-contemporary manner, as well as an inability to sound the darker notes of Serafina's character…Put in musical terms, she is a light-opera soubrette cast in a role meant for a Wagnerian soprano."
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Talkin' Broadway
October 15th, 2019

"Under Trip Cullman's fearless direction, the production gloriously embraces every morsel of this sweet, funny, and, yes, quirky play."
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New York Stage Review
October 15th, 2019

3/5 Stars: "The play's profundities are set aside for a production that skims the text's surface and is content to do only that. Without the deep grieving that penetrates Serafina, this 'Rose Tattoo' falls short of its potential impact."
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New York Stage Review
October 15th, 2019

2/5 Stars: "Of the many mysteries in Broadway's current revival of The Rose Tattoo, the one that looms largest must be: What in the name of John Waters is the deal with the pink flamingos?"
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Theater News Online
October 15th, 2019

"A slapstick approach to Tennessee Williams' comedy misses out on the more poignant parts of the play."
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Broadway News
October 15th, 2019

"Comedy trumps romanticism in this ‘Rose Tattoo’"
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TheaterScene.net
October 28th, 2019

"To be sure, Serafina and Alvaro's romance is less than credible, but director Trip Cullman wisely commits to it completely, recognizing that Williams really hasn't given him any other choice. Luckily for Cullman, he has the ebullient Marissa Tomei to portray Serafina."
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CurtainUp
October 15th, 2019

"What this production makes all too clear is that it takes more than just the vigor of two splendid actors to give it the outrageously over-the-top life that it needs and deserves."
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Front Mezz Junkies
October 27th, 2019

"The setting feels more Sicilian than Southern, and as directed by the usually unflappable Trip Cullman, the attempt to find the juxtaposition of humor inside the heartbreak brings an overwhelming cacophony of energy that implodes within itself on that overly busy set."
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T
October 30th, 2019

"In a star turn Ms. Tomei infuses her character with an infectious charm...It is a smart revival that is fresh and certainly highlights the wonderful and skillful performances of Ms. Tomei and Mr. Elliott who ensure a great evening of entertainment."
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New York Theater
October 19th, 2019

"Overly broad third Broadway revival of Tennessee Williams' dated play…meant to be funny and charming and heartwarming but presents these Italian-Americans as something less than the fully human characters for which Williams is justly lauded."
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Broadway Blog
October 25th, 2019

"Marisa Tomei triumphs as the central character of Serafina in Williams' play about rebounding from grief and rediscovering love."
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C
October 15th, 2019

"Although a bit too svelte and refined for the supposedly plump Sicilian-born widow, the 'Baronessa' Serafina Delle Rose, the Oscar-winning star uses her considerable comedic and dramatic skills to consistently distract us, delight us and even move us."
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Theatre's Leiter Side
October 23rd, 2019

"Williams was after a bighearted mixture of comedy, drama, and Italian opera-like exaggeration, with infusions of his typical poetic lyricism. Still, making a theatrical smoothie from such ingredients is easier imagined than accomplished."
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