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

73%
(301 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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965 Reviews | 339 Followers
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.

968 Reviews | 226 Followers
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.

794 Reviews | 216 Followers
78
Great writing, Confusing, Disappointing, Quirky, Entertaining

See it if you want to enjoy Tomei in a good role; you like the characters from real life that Williams presents; you want to savor a fresh version.

Don't see it if hearing everything is important to you: multiple voices, projection away from audience, accented English, Italian dialogue and songs.

705 Reviews | 214 Followers
75
Dated, Inconsistent, Odd, Silly, Romantic

See it if Hammy rom-com featuring a hysterical widow pursued by a clowning Sicilian truck driver. Some good physical comedy. Polished production.

Don't see it if Initial seriousness doesn’t mix well with later silliness. A weird hybrid that doesn’t quite work. Stereotyped Italians. Long.

567 Reviews | 146 Followers
80
Quirky, Romantic, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting

See it if After latching on to her two tragedies, a dressmaker is comfy in her despair, until desire unleashes her broad comedy funnybone.Experimental

Don't see it if Lesser Tennessee matching a lesser odd mix of acting,set,music,cliche,wardrobe,accents,tonal shifts, which all test the limits of patience. Read more

510 Reviews | 129 Followers
74
Terrible set, Uneven, Quirky, Disappointing, Sometimes entertaining

See it if you like Tomei who pours herself into the role; you like everything Tennessee Williams; better 2nd act with lighter fare and physical comedy

Don't see it if looking for consistency in acting & flow; 1st act very slow; poor direction & conceptualization of story; 2nd act is better, if you last. Read more

494 Reviews | 103 Followers
56
Fluffy, Dated

See it if You are interested in seeing a Tennessee Williams piece that is different than anything I have seen by him

Don't see it if You are expecting the edge of your seat drama that you usually get from Williams Read more

406 Reviews | 188 Followers
79
Entertaining, Great staging, Great writing, Romantic, Funny

See it if You are a Tennessee Williams fan and like Marisa Tomei in anything. A story of a lonely widow and her daughter trying to lead a moral life.

Don't see it if You expect sparks to fly as in the original movie. The first act is very slow and painful. Stay for the second act, it is worth it. Read more

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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