Already closed | 2h 40m | Midtown W

The Rose Tattoo

From 297 member  reviews
Members say: 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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From the show:

This is one Tennessee Williams woman you won’t soon forget.

Academy Award winner Marisa Tomei unleashes a tour de force as Serafina, a widow who rekindles her desire for love, lust and life in the arms of a fiery suitor. Sharply directed by Trip Cullman (Significant Other), Williams’s lesser-known gem sizzles with humor and heart one sultry summer off the coast of Louisiana.

Don’t miss Tomei’s quintessential performance—erupting from the depths of despair to the heights of passion in this Tony Award-winning Best Play. 

2h 40m | Already closed | American Airlines Theatre (Midtown W)

Member Reviews (297)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great acting, Entertaining, Disappointing, Funny, Dated
73
Avg Score

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.

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.

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.

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.

Also Like eating just the crusts of a really good pizza,that's left behind.... Read more Read less

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.

Also The set is built up too high for this theater. I was in the first row ... Read more Read less

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

Also I really like Tennessee Williams a lot. I don’t regret seeing this bec... Read more Read less

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.

Also The added women’s chorus adds to the Sicilian feel of the setting.

77
Dated, Slow, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you want to witness a terrific performance from Marisa Tomei and beautiful staging. Slow burn, but the main characters are interesting.

Don't see it if you're looking for something fresh. It is a well done production, but the play comes across dated.

81
Sweet, Romantic, Funny, Great acting, Enchanting

See it if Terrific acting by a wonderful cast led by Tomei. Surprisingly sweet for a Williams play. Delightful to watch.

Don't see it if The worst set I have ever seen in a show. It was so bad that it was distracting, and gave the production the feel of an acting class scene.

73
Slow, Disappointing, Funny, Great acting, Cliched

See it if you are a Tennessee Williams or Marisa Tomei fan. Not one of TW's best plays but still worth seeing. Marisa Tomei is great to watch.

Don't see it if you like characters you can empathize with. Under this direction most of the characters seemed two-dimensional and the humor slapstick.

69
Hyperkinetic, Good lead performances, Unwieldy set, Disappointing, Dated

See it if a Williams fan & interested in seeing a production that emphasizes the comedic aspects..

Don't see it if ..at the expense of the poignant ones in a clumsily staged (but with good projections & lighting) production with far too much going on

Also Both Tomei & Elliot are fine & have great chemistry. The quieter scene... Read more Read less

69
Ambitious, Dated, Disappointing

See it if You want to see Tennessee Williams’ plays. Acting good.

Don't see it if You dislike overacting and much screaming. Staging a bit confusing as to inside/outside house. Directing should have more serious scenes.

85
Dated script, Great acting, Delightful

See it if want to see Marisa Tomei give a stellar performance. She is charming and really carries the show. Beautifully directed. Gorgeous set.

Don't see it if show is long & the pacing is typical of Williams, which is a little leisurely for today's audience, but direction & acting kept me riveted.

71
Confusing, Beautiful set

See it if How a widowed woman barely gets her groove back, but not really. Beautiful set and staging with beautiful singing in between scenes.

Don't see it if Fake accents make it hard to understand. 2.5 hrs feels too long: first half is very slow, some left at intermission. Second half livens up.

Also Diversity: 2 Black women in a little scene. Mostly women in the cast.... Read more Read less

72
Quirky, Great staging, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if This is an enjoyable time in the theater,but it is not one of Williams' better plays. The performances by all make the play a fun watch.

Don't see it if You are expecting a top shelf Williams' drama.The book and characters don't measure up to those in his classic plays.

86
Funny, Great acting, Exquisite, Enchanting, Clever

See it if You like Tennessee Williams. Or Marisa Tomei. Or both!

Don't see it if You'll be offended by a lot of ethnic slurs for Italians.

79
Funny, Confusing, Delightful

See it if you're interested in a dramedy-style take on a Tennessee Williams classic; you want to see Marisa Tomei in a scenery chewing role

Don't see it if you're uncomfortable with thick accents and broad comedy; you expect tonal consistency; you want age appropriate casting

Also This is a weird little show that floated between telenovela, high dram... Read more Read less

68
Slow, Romantic, Great staging, Disappointing, Dated

See it if you really like Tomei or Williams. This is a gorgeously-staged, unexceptional production. Sturdy but not fresh or interesting.

Don't see it if you want to avoid tired tropes and dubious accents. Lots of the language is unsurprisingly beautiful, but the plot is less so.

40
Caricaturish, Indulgent, Excruciating, Disappointing, Confusing

See it if You think Tennessee Williams should be done as a Carol Burnett skit. I never associated TW as broad comedy. Marissa Tomei was funny, sadly.

Don't see it if You like Tennessee Williams. He’s NOT A comedy writer. This was so misguided, I can’t believe this is taking up Broadway space.

77
Disappointing, Slow, Great staging, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if you want to see a masterful performance by Marisa Tomei! The set is absolutely stunning. This may be the only uplifting Williams play!

Don't see it if you are uninterested in a strange and often slow play about a woman rediscovering her sexuality. The cast is unnecessarily large.

88
Funny, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you want to see a great show with great acting. Can't say enough about Marisa Tomei - she was excellent

Don't see it if No reason not to see it

81
Indulgent, Raunchy, Dizzying, Enchanting, Ambitious

See it if Tomei and Elliott have remarkable comedic chemistry in a rollicking second act

Don't see it if Act I is a hearty mess of mediocre Williams that must be survived to get to the richness of Act II

83
Quirky, Gleeful

See it if you love old-fashioned super roles for actresses.

Don't see it if you are a plot person, not a theme person.

Also while the young lovers are painfully underwhelming, Tomei is dynamic a... Read more Read less

78
Ambitious, Strong leads, Uneven direction, Romantic, Slow

See it if you have a Williams bucket list. Not one of his top plays. Knowing his bio you'll understand its flaws. Tomei and esp Elliot are terrific.

Don't see it if you're expecting his brilliant poetic language. Mixed styles and inconsistent direction make this lesser play a mediocre production.


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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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 Mang...
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October 15th, 2019
"Trying to Locate 'The Rose Tattoo'"
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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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