Already closed | 2h 40m | Midtown W

The Rose Tattoo

From 283 member  reviews
Members say: Great acting, Entertaining, Disappointing, Dated, Funny

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.


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 (283)


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

During previews
Intelligent, Riveting, Masterful, Great staging, Great acting

See it if You want consummate performances (Tomei/Elliott), refreshing direction (Cullman), an imaginative set/lighting, and new ideas in older texts.

Don't see it if You're expecting a version from 1951. This piece is reimagined and fresh, dynamic, and rapt with accents, sexual situations, and humor!

During previews
Funny, Cliched, Excruciating, Romantic, Extremely uneven

See it if you'd like Marisa Tomei in a big role where she emphasizes and excels at the comedy; you don't mind a goat played by a boy with fake horns.

Don't see it if very bad directorial and design choices (goat-boy, dozens of pink flamingos, singing dancing Sicilian-mom chorus) will ruin your enjoyment.

Also For most of Act I, I was thinking of leaving at intermission, which I'... Read more Read less

During previews
Great staging, Great acting, Funny

See it if You are a fan of Maris Tomei and like a classic play, and are a fan of William's work.

Don't see it if You want something a little out of the box and a little less traditional.

Also Great and impressive acting performance from Ms Tomei. The supporting ... Read more Read less

During previews
Intriguing, Funny, Romantic

See it if You are interested in seeing a rare happy ending from Tennessee Williams and some big, bold, run amok, emotional theatre.

Don't see it if You're not a fan of big, messy plays. Or little kids dressed as goats.

Also THE ROSE TATTOO is one of the messier, but most intriguing plays of Te... Read more Read less

During previews
Confusing, Great staging, Entertaining, Great acting, Funny

See it if This is typical Williams, Marisa Tomei was fantastic; the use of the women singer/musicians was a beautiful addition.

Don't see it if You have trouble following dialogue; the Italian, coupled with southern drawl, made it confusing. 2nd act humor was almost slapstick like.

During previews
Confusing, Dated, Disappointing, Great acting, Slow

See it if you already know the show and are interested in seeing a new production, or if you love Tennessee Williams' style.

Don't see it if you'll be waiting for some big moment of climax. The show unfolds slowly, and though its characters are passionate, nothing really happens.

During previews
Dated, trite, trivial, badly directed and very disappointing

See it if you want to sit through a longggg play full of stereotypically depicted Italians very poorly portrayed, speaking with dreadful accents.

Don't see it if don't like overly emotional cartoon charactrers and wailing, unnecessary singing.

During previews
Slow, Hilarious, Great writing, Disappointing, Great acting

See it if I saw it opening night in previews, nothing wrong with the acting just seems it needs to be smoother.

Don't see it if if you are expecting something totally amazing, read the play first.

During previews
Entertaining, Intense, Romantic, Great acting, Funny

See it if you're a fan of romantic storylines or lighter plays. Funnier than expected. Marisa + the funny, sexy Act 2 were the best parts for me!

Don't see it if You want something more dramatic or serious. Music in between scenes got kind of annoying after a while.

During previews
Must see, Riveting, Absorbing

See it if Marisa Tomei delivers a tour de force performance. She is stellar in the little mounted Tennessee Williams play. I was absorbed by it.

Don't see it if The second act is a bit long, but you don’t really feel it.

During previews
Great acting, Slow, Dizzying, Disappointing, Confusing

See it if you want a lighter than usual Tennessee Williams play and for a great performance by Marisa Tomei. Also, the second act is much stronger.

Don't see it if you want a play with depth or one that will make you think. Also, the strong Italian accents often were distracting. The first act dragged.

During previews
Delightful, Great acting, Great staging, Romantic, Entertaining

See it if you like Tennessee Williams’ ladies that are full of desperation, grieving, and hysterics. Tomei is the perfect Sicilian widow!

Don't see it if if stereotyping of Sicilians offend you. Skip it if you don’t like Tennesee Williams play.

During previews
Romantic, Great acting, Beautiful, Entertaining, Enchanting

See it if You like classic plays, romantic gestures, and Marisa Tomei because she's delightful!

Don't see it if you don't like classic romantic plays, because that's exactly what this is.

During previews
Dated, Disappointing, Fluffy, Overrated, Slow

See it if You just want to see Marisa Tomei live in any production.

Don't see it if Fake accents annoy you. You are looking for a compelling story. You’d rather save your money for quality well produced material.

During previews
Funny, Great tech, Quirky, Dizzying, Entertaining

See it if you love Marisa Tomei, classic American playwrights like Williams, or enjoy modern spins through incredible scenic design.

Don't see it if you prefer something more contemporary, want a show with a neater script and deeper themes, have difficulty understanding abstract blocking.

During previews
Entertaining, Slow, Intense, Confusing, Ambitious

See it if you're looking for great acting. Marisa Tomei was quite good, and the supporting cast lived up to her star power, with solid performances

Don't see it if you're looking for a show with a lot of action. It can be a bit slow moving and at times makes no sense, but was oddly enthralling.

During previews
Delightful, Absorbing, Entertaining

See it if You love a story of lost love and new beginnings.

Don't see it if You don't like stories of romance.

During previews
Histrionic, Confusing, Disappointing, Absorbing, Intense

See it if you like Marisa Tommey & T. Williams plays. Interesting set design. Hard work by all involved.

Don't see it if you do not like a lot of loud, rushed speeches, running around the stage a lot with accents that are too thick to understand at times.

During previews
Slow, Disappointing, Dated, Confusing, Ambitious

See it if Seeing Marisa Tomei was worth the price of admission. Yet, she cannot hold this show together just because she has notoriety.

Don't see it if Do not see if you are expecting a Broadway show as it should have opened off-Broadway. It is 2 hours and 15 minutes which is way too long!

During previews
Profound, Great staging, Great singing, Great acting, Funny

See it if You enjoy a play with a lot of depth. Marisa Tomei is amazing. The set is an open concept and beautifully done

Don't see it if If you don’t like shows that are over 2 hours

During previews
Overrated, Great staging, Funny

See it if you like Tennessee Williams and Marisa Tomei. Great staging.

Don't see it if you don't like Tennessee Williams and silly story line.

During previews
Uneven, Funny, Great acting, Melodramatic, Dated

See it if you want to see a first rate dramatic and funny performance by Marisa Tomei. or if you are a big fan of Tennessee Williams

Don't see it if you prefer not to see dated melodrama

Also Beautiful sets but didn't really connect them to the storyline. This s... Read more Read less

During previews
Intense, Funny, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if Great acting, mixed with a great story line.

Don't see it if Don’t see it if you don’t like great acting

During previews
Absorbing at moments, Slow, Great acting, Dated

See it if you would call yourself a fan of Tennessee Williams or Marisa Tomei or enjoy "slice of life" plays that focus on character over climax

Don't see it if you prefer 90 min shows (too long at 2 1/2),like shows w/ lots of action, or put heavy emphasis on stage design, which didn't translate here

Also It is not a perfect show, but I enjoyed it for what it is, as a period... Read more Read less

During previews
Ambitious, Great acting, Great staging

See it if Twist on the original Not a strait drama but had comedic moments

Don't see it if If you want to see traditional Tennessee Williams

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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