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.
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.
See it if You're a fan of Tennessee Williams' plays and Marisa Tomei's performances. It's a study of despair, passion lost & found.
Don't see it if You don't prefer Tennessee Williams' plays. The set is languid and sultry but confusing. There is too much mythology and mindless worship.
See it if you've never seen Rose Tattoo, & like Marisa Tomei. Not the greatest theater this season.
Don't see it if you'd dislike a set full of flamingos & seascape, several good but out-of-place voices, disjointed costuming & slow 1st act.
See it if The show comes to life in Act 2 when the delightful Emun Elliott appears and sets his sights on Marisa Tomei. Their scenes are funny,
Don't see it if involving, joyous. A 3-act play done in 2 can be umbalanced & is so here. But some scene re-jigging at the finale nicely focuses on romance.
See it if you want to see one of Williams's most humorous shows. Loved the chorus, setting and ambiance of the show. Nice chemistry between the actors
Don't see it if you don't want to see exaggerated acting -- everything is at a high decibel. Serafina seems less complex than most of Williams' female leads
See it if Wonderful to see Marisa Tomei shine on stage under Trip Cullman's direction of this Tennessee William's play. It was a great night.
Don't see it if Reimagined classics are not your thing.
See it if You're a Tomei fan, a Williams completist, or an Italian American. Others will be less interested.
Don't see it if You don't like family drama or exaggerated ethnic stereotypes.
See it if you've never seen Rose Tattoo and you're interested...if you're a marisa tome fan.. AND if you want to see an INCREDIBLE cast esp EmunElliot
Don't see it if you think Tennessee Williams ALWAYS has to be dead serious
See it if You are a die hard Tomei fan or are a subscriber to RTC
Don't see it if you want to see a show with good acting, scenic design, script, or direction...everything is messy and weird
See it if you like Tennessee Williams, Marisa Tomei or just a good evening of theater.
Don't see it if you are looking for an elevation of the material. The play is good. The acting is great. That's it.
See it if Tomei great in capturing consuming grief of a young widow. but production played humor overly broad. Excellent set, haunting vocal music.
Don't see it if If you don't enjoy period pieces, dislike Tennessee Williams stylized Southern domestic drama, want high production value
See it if you like solid drama. Marisa Tomei is outstanding and that in its self is worth seeing
Don't see it if strong dramas where you have to get into the sole of the characters are not for you
See it if You want to experience a classic play with the brilliant Marisa Tomei as the passionate and fiery lead. She nails it with a fantastic cast.
Don't see it if You dislike passionate plays with adult themes. While humor has its moments, the play seriously tests religious values.
See it if Well... Marisa Tomei is beautiful and does a good job with a hard role. Imagine her character from My Cousin Vinny as really depressed
Don't see it if So many elements don't hang together - the Italian Greek chorus, the flamingos, the humor played as slapstick.
See it if You want to see some fine acting by Tomei and to see a more comical take on the play.
Don't see it if You are expecting the play to be updated (it’s not even with some music added and interesting staging). Slow burn plays aren’t your thing.
See it if you want to see Marisa Tomei shine is a perfect role. She has great chemistry with Emun Elliott. Beautiful staging with a nice chorus
Don't see it if you can not understand plays with characters speaking with strong accents. Some words hard to decipher.
See it if You want to see an excellent performance by Marisa Tomei, as well as a little-done Williams play.
Don't see it if You expect more emotional depth and an ending that is not just "nice," but is more affecting. You are troubled by stereotyping.
See it if you want to see an over the top and all over the place production of a Williams play. Wonder what he would think...
Don't see it if you love this play. This production has no heart, not grounded at all, a lot of strange directorial choices.
See it if You are a fan of Tennessee Williams and won't be offended by the stereotypical portrayal of Sicilian immigrants in this play.
Don't see it if You're sensitive to the sound of whining & sing-a-song speech. It's a stereotypically authentic version of what an American thinks he hears.