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

79
Slow, Great acting, Dated, Entertaining, Cliched

See it if you want to see a different side of Tennessee Williams and a tour de force performance by Marisa Tomei

Don't see it if you are looking for classic Williams and aren't patient enough to wait for the action to get started.

Also This is not your usual southern bell's story you might expect from Wil... Read more Read less

72
Dated, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You like Tennessee Williams and Marisa Tomei. She does a great job.

Don't see it if If you don't like these 2 or want a play that's cutting edge and up to date.

77
Romantic, Great writing, Great acting

See it if you want to experience a non-traditional staging of a T. Williams play with a great performance by Marisa T.

Don't see it if if you are not a fan of T.Williams' plays and find overuse of Italian accents making the dialog difficult to understand.

Also I have always enjoyed this particular play. The staging of this play d... Read more Read less

65
Great acting, Disappointing

See it if Hmmm, I guess if you can understand loud, thick Italian speaking & gestures & enjoy fluff, go see it

Don't see it if You want to see a play that you can understand their talking, don’t enjoy a drawn out story

80
Romantic, Engaging, Great acting, Funny, Entertaining

See it if you want to see Marisa Tomei perform her magic on stage and like romantic plays with some twists and turns.

Don't see it if you are not interested in romantic comedy.

75
Disappointing, Great acting

See it if you are a fan of Marisa Tomei. (she is fantastic) or want to see a play by Tennessee Williams.

Don't see it if you expect to see a play like A Streetcar Named Desire or The Glass Menagerie. This isn't.

Also I know that there has been a lot written about this play being a comed... Read more Read less

24
Overrated, Insipid, Excruciating, Dated, Disappointing

See it if you must see Marisa Tomei in person.

Don't see it if you’re a Williams fan and feel like you have to see anything he wrote. This is a horrible interpretation.

93
Must see, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You like classic theater, enjoy great acting an all around great theater experience

Don't see it if You think Marisa Tomei is going to act the same as My Cousin Vinny

82
Romantic, Hilarious

See it if You enjoy plays, interested in a good story line that's funny

Don't see it if You don't like plays

65
Disappointing, Absorbing, Great singing

See it if you enjoy classic plays, solidly delivered. You're ok with a mixed bag production that ultimately founders but has moments of real quality.

Don't see it if you're looking for something new. This is an essentially traditional production albeit one that plays pretty broadly with the humor.

Also I really wanted to like this. The set is initially eye catching and th... Read more Read less

65
Great staging, Last act: funny and entertaining, First act: excruciating, Uneven

See it if you like Marisa Tomei as she commanded the stage. Great production. Entertaining second act (If you can survive the first act)

Don't see it if you are impatient. If you are expecting something great from this celebrated author. This is his weakest play. Uninteresting characters.

Also I have to really commend the strong acting and the staging of this pla... Read more Read less

24
Missing the point, Dated, Over the top, Boring, Unbearable

See it if you like overacting, screaming, and badly mispronounced words in Italian uttered with the most stereotypical fake "dago" accent.

Don't see it if you respect Tennessee Williams and do not think that this play should be a clownish farce, but rather a raw, sensual display of emotions

70
Funny, Romantic, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy high emotion pieces

Don't see it if you do not enjoy plays

70
Thought-provoking, Cliched, Dated, Disappointing, Confusing

See it if You are a Tennessee Williams enthusiast. See it if you are looking for something to bring your own interpretation to ....

Don't see it if You get annoyed when you are not easily able to follow the English and Italian dialogue done with a southern accent - like I was ...

35
Subtle as a sledge hammer, another roundabout misfire (along with the sophomoric "scotland, pa"), Confusing, Disappointing, Excruciating

See it if you are a tennessee williams completist and if you are a big fan of marisa tomei and if you enjoy slapstick & farce.

Don't see it if you dislike slapstick, forced humor, and overacting.

Also the slapstick courtship between serafina & alvaro plays like an episod... Read more Read less

79
Romantic, Great acting, Funny, Dated

See it if you like Marisa Tomei (you should, she's always excellent); you want a light, breezy evening of comedy

Don't see it if you're expecting a deep or profound play or something more akin to Williams' more dramatic works; you can't take the datedness of the plot

70
Dated, Entertaining, Funny

See it if you enjoy T. Williams plays, Marissa Tomei, or slow burn dramas

Don't see it if you want something new or relevant, don't like Williams style, or aren't able to put your mindset in a different time

Also I enjoyed this show and the staging was impressive. It's the lighter o... Read more Read less

78
Slow, Dated, Great acting, Great staging

See it if You are a fan of Marissa Tomei or Tennessee Williams

Don't see it if You are looking for something exciting or fast-paced

60
Overrated, Disappointing

See it if you are a Marisa Tomei fan

Don't see it if you hate shows with excruciating first acts; if you want to understand what the actors are saying

85
Intelligent, Great acting, Clever, Unconventioal tennessee william's

See it if William's foray into comedy with development of classic woman lead role, in deep South, but infused with catholoc Sicilean heritage.

Don't see it if Critics complained that it is a failed comedy, and if you want levity, the laughs are few and far apart. Hindsight, read about play before.

Also Marissa Tomei is fantastic; Tony Award performance, of woman emotional... Read more Read less

60
Dated, Overrated

See it if you like Marisa Tomei or Tennessee Williams

Don't see it if you don't like dreary plays

81
Entertaining, Quirky, Absorbing

See it if You’re a fan of a well-done Tennessee Williams show

Don't see it if You don’t like conceptual sets and whimsical choices as part of a classic American drama

75
Overrated, Quirky, Great acting, Cliched

See it if you like Marissa Tomei. She was great in this role.

Don't see it if you are looking for a substantive story.

80
Great writing, Great acting, Funny, Disappointing, Entertaining

See it if You love Marisa Tomei. You like Tennesse Williams writing. You just want to be entertained. You like Italian accents and traditions.

Don't see it if You are expecting a classic. Its different. You mind heavy accents - some are difficult to understand. You expect passion - its fluffy.

Also Marisa Tomei was fabulous as was the rest of the cast. The hype on the... Read more Read less

97
Great staging, Great writing, Romantic

See it if You enjoy Tennesee Williams, Marisa Tomei, happy endings.

Don't see it if you don't like Tennessee Williams, stories about widows.


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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