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.


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)


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

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.

Ambitious, Romantic, Great acting, Absorbing

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.

Good 2nd act, Painful 1st act, Good leads

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.

Also Great Marisa Tomei (Serafina) as a grieving widow & Enum Elliott as he... Read more Read less

Romantic, Refreshing, Funny, Entertaining, Delightful

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.

High octane, Over-the-top, Great staging, Cliched

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

Great acting, Entertaining, Enchanting, Delightful, Clever

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.

Boring, Disappointing, Slow, Banal

See it if You have nothing better to do with your time and don't mind sitting through a show with very little plot.

Don't see it if You want a show with an interesting plot.

Also I REALLY wanted to like this show. Tomei was great in the lead role, b... Read more Read less

Quirky, Dated

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.

Must see, Great staging, Great acting, Delightful, Enchanting

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

Great acting, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if you like Marisa Tomei or Williams. She's masterful!

Don't see it if you want a clear story that makes a 100% sense. The story is a little strange.

Indulgent, Slow, Disappointing, Dated

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

Terrific marissa tomei delivers good tennessee williams, Great writing, Dated, Great acting

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.

Indulgent, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if you're a TW fan. Not his greatest work. Marisa Tomei is delicious

Don't see it if you're looking for a tighter more entertaining piece of theater

Ambitious, Funny, Poignant, Great staging, Great acting

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

Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

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

Dated, Entertaining, Funny, Great staging, Great acting

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

Don't see it if If you don't like Marisa Tomei or Tennessee Williams

Great writing, Intense, Raunchy, Masterful, Great acting

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.

Also The child actors only add to the essence of the play. The set is simpl... Read more Read less

Dated, Banal, Great acting

See it if You want to see the movie star.

Don't see it if You want to see a not-so-absurdly-outdated love story, or just a well written one.

Also What’s the point of reviving this kind of ancient “romantic” story? Th... Read more Read less


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.

Quirky, Disappointing, Dated, Funny, Great acting

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.

Great staging, Great acting, Fun

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.

Also The play was more entertaining than I expected. Great memorable perfor... Read more Read less

Great acting, Great writing, Masterful

See it if You like the writing of Tennessee Williams and Marisa Tomei.

Don't see it if Don't enjoy the writing of Tennessee Williams.

Good performances; missing emotional resonance; questionable set design, Funny

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.

Also I had never seen any version of THE ROSE TATTOO (including the famous ... Read more Read less

Lost, over the top, flamingos

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.

Story amounts to caricatures of the sicilian immigrant experience, Loved the set design for its use of projection screens, The women's melodic chorus echoing the greek kind, rescued and framed the play's story effectively!, What worked in 1951 doesn't work in 2019, Great performances by a large ensemble cast

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.

Also The cast did an admirable job with this 1951 play, but the result feel... Read more Read less

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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