Already closed | 2h 40m | Midtown W

The Rose Tattoo

From 298 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 (298)

MEMBERS SAY:

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

During previews
75
Confusing, Romantic, Great staging

See it if You like Marisa Tomei. Her tortured character is over the top. Staging is unique and gives a contemporary flair.

Don't see it if you don’t like Tennessee Williams and hysterical women!

During previews
60
Cliched, Overrated, Quirky, Disappointing, Slow

See it if you are a fan of Tennessee Williams and a fan of Marisa Tomei

Don't see it if If you are expecting the very best acting and characters that have chemistry

During previews
75
Entertaining, Dated, Great acting

See it if You like great acting and star vehicles, and want to see a rarely staged Tennessee Williams play.

Don't see it if You don’t like plays that seem out of date and/or somewhat predictable.

During previews
85
Quirky, Funny, Clever, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if You are familiar with and like Tennessee Williams Style and are not put off by cultural barriers, accents

Don't see it if Do not see this play if you are not familiar with the Tennessee Williams play and are expecting some serious drama and emotional catharsis.

Also The show takes place on one set that does not change and there are ver... Read more Read less

During previews
69
Great acting, Romantic, Slow

See it if You are looking to see great acting and are a Tennessee Williams fan. There are some amazing performances!

Don't see it if You are looking for something snappy and to the point. This is a big time investment with not a ton of payoff plot-wise. A lot of ideas...

During previews
55
Occasionally funny, Banal, Confusing, Slow, Cliched

See it if you love Marisa Tomei or you love the play. If one of those two things aren't true, this could be a very long night.

Don't see it if you need an old-fashioned design concept; you don't like Williams; you hate corny Italian accents.

During previews
90
Great acting, Funny, Entertaining

See it if A sweet play and a beautiful performance by Marisa Tomei.

Don't see it if Well, it's a comedy, so don't go if you think Tennessee Williams couldn't possibly be funny.

During previews
90
Delightful, Enchanting, Exquisite, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if Marisa Tomei establishes herself as an enchanting and professional actor. Her Seraphina exudes sex in a very appealing manner. Superb acting

Don't see it if You plan to bring young children or if you find sexual content unpleasant on stage, don't.

During previews
66
Dated, Entertaining, Disappointing

See it if Marisa Tomei did a wonderful job as Serafina. She is a very good comedian. The other characters were caricatures not believable.

Don't see it if Don't see if you expect a drama. It becomes a comedy by the end. Don't see if you expect it to be true to Williams play.

During previews
70
Disappointing, Dated, Great acting

See it if you love Tennessee Williams drama

Don't see it if don’t enjoy Italian stereotypes

During previews
70
Too long, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if You love classics like Tennessee William's work and some great acting.

Don't see it if If you cannot sit through a drama that is too long.

During previews
90
Masterful, Great acting, Entertaining, Enchanting, Absorbing

See it if If you like great acting and absorbing theater.

Don't see it if classical theater isn't your thing.

During previews
50
Lethargic, Dated

See it if you love Marisa.

Don't see it if you expect any chemistry between the two leads.

During previews
83
Great acting, Funny, Entertaining, Enchanting, Delightful

See it if You're looking for a piece of pure Williams escapism with a totally charming cast and an inherently huge heart. Tomei is excellent.

Don't see it if You need to wheel to be invented each time you see a Williams play -- or if you're looking for something extremely rich with subtext.

During previews
53
Banal, Confusing, Disappointing

See it if if they are not familiar with the Tennessee Williams play it MIGHT be entertaining

Don't see it if you look forward to well directed plays. This play was hight school level direction

During previews
90
Entertaining, Enchanting, Absorbing

See it if you like Tennessee Williams, enjoy a play with colorful characters, imagination and heart with powerful acting. Marisa Tomei dazzled -

Don't see it if If you don't like Tennessee Williams and only like modern plays.

During previews
79
Great staging, Entertaining, Funny, Slow, Great acting

See it if If you've seen the original movie, you will find the story more appealing. Accents were difficult to understand at times. Outstanding cast

Don't see it if If you don't like Tennessee Williams, you might not enjoy it.

Also I was surprised at the amount of humor in the show! Very different and... Read more Read less

During previews
76
Resonant, Quirky, Funny, Confusing, Delightful

See it if you love seeing Marisa Tomei step outside of her acting boundaries. And if you have a Sicilian family.

Don't see it if you have trouble with accents or have an aversion to Flamingos

Also Beautifully conceptualized production. Some directing and set choices ... Read more Read less

During previews
82
Enchanting, Great writing, Great staging, Funny, Great acting

See it if you didn't know Tennessee Williams wrote comedy - the heartache is all there too, of course.

Don't see it if You don't like Marisa Tomei - but she did a great job.

During previews
50
Great acting, Slow, Disappointing

See it if You're a Marisa Tomei fan or want to see a lesser known Tennessee Williams play.

Don't see it if You're interested in more complex storytelling and a more appealing narrative. It's also very dated.

During previews
97
Great acting, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if amazing Marisa tomei is wonderful

Don't see it if if you want light and fluffy

During previews
92
Exquisite, Great acting, Clever, Absorbing

See it if you’re interested in Tenn Wms. This lesser known work is special. Marisa Tomei is terrific-chemistry with both her lover & daughter is great

Don't see it if You don’t like symbolism or dark comedies

Also Excellent show with a complex, multilayered story. Marisa Tomei was gr... Read more Read less

During previews
91
Clever, Great acting, Edgy, Absorbing

See it if This play has stayed relevant, the theme about immigrants and their struggle to assimilate. The acting was excellent.

Don't see it if This is not a light play, there is humor but it is dark. If you want to go home whistling a catchy tune, don’t see it


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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