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

75
Too early in the run, Good singing, Disappointing

See it if you like Marisa Tomei and want to see more Tennessee Wms.

Don't see it if you don't appreciate a director just playing for the laughs

95
Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Must see, Great staging

See it if Great staging,

Don't see it if ......

71
Great acting, Entertaining, Indulgent

See it if you are a fan of Tennessee Williams or Marisa Tomei. They at least emerge unscathed from this mixed production.

Don't see it if you have no impatience for overindulgent staging.

78
Hard to follow, Dizzying, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if you love Marisa Tomei. The show can be tough to follow, but her performance is amazing.

Don't see it if you don't like Marisa Tomei.

88
Riveting, Refreshing, Great acting, Absorbing, Enchanting

See it if You like plays with great acting. Marisa Tomei is a fabulous actress!

Don't see it if You only like seeing musicals.

85
Great writing, Must see, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You’re a fan of Tennessee Williams and are interested in one of his lesser revived plays. And you’re a fan of the Roundabout performances

Don't see it if You’re not a fan of drama revivals, or T. Williams

Also Two words: Marisa Tomei is terrific as Serafina.

79
Entertaining, Great writing, Absorbing, Romantic, Funny

See it if You grew up Italian, you love Marisa Tomei, and you appreciate a classic story with light moments.

Don't see it if You are expecting Marisa to tick tock her biological clock!

82
Entertaining, Absorbing, Great acting

See it if You love Marisa Tomei. Really liked the interplay between her and male lead

Don't see it if You don’t like Tennessee Williams plays.

83
Romantic, Resonant, Intelligent, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You go to plays with great acting, romance, intensity, hilarity...plus great background music, especially the guitarist!

Don't see it if You are only a musical theater-goer.

80
Thought-provoking, Great acting

See it if You want to see a rarely produced classic. The cast is excellent.

Don't see it if It isn’t as enduring as other Williams plays, but definitely worth seeing.

27
Uneven, Overwrought, Hysterical, Frenzied

See it if You have to see any adaptations of Tennessee Williams’ work

Don't see it if You can’t abide intermittently terrible acting and hammy fake accents

77
Entertaining, Disappointing, Dated, Great acting

See it if You love Marissa Tomei and appreciate great emotional acting. Ella Rubin as her daughter in her debut is wonderful!

Don't see it if You prefer more contemporary storylines.

100
Entertaining, Clever, Absorbing

See it if You enjoy watching great actors and actresses

Don't see it if You don’t like some of dialogue in italian

70
Dated, Romantic, Cliched

See it if you like Tennessee Williams, Marisa Tomei, or Trip Cullman

Don't see it if You're not interested in the lesser works of great writers

39
Confusing, Banal, Disappointing, Excruciating, Slow

See it if If you are a true blue Marissa Tomei fan. She is the only good thing about it.

Don't see it if This was an utter mess with some of the worst direction I have ever seen.

73
Cliched, Funny, Great staging

See it if You want to see Marisa on stage, live! Obviously. Also amazing music and staging for this production. The story was quiet boring nonetheles

Don't see it if You don’t like Marisa Tomei

75
Slow, Romantic, Great writing, Great acting

See it if You love Melissa Tomei and are a fa N of Tennessee Williams

Don't see it if You have difficulty with accents and want to see a more contemporary work

80
Quirky, Fluffy, Dizzying, Funny, Entertaining

See it if If you love Marisa Tomei. This presentation is Not what you're expecting from this show, but you will be positively entertained.

Don't see it if If very heavy accents, weirdish sets (lots of plastic pink flamingos), and beautiful but unrelated singing will disappoint you.

100
Great singing, Romantic, Great staging, Funny, Enchanting

See it if such a wonderful play. Sort of like an Italian Rom Com. The singing and music was enchanting and gorgeous. Felt like I was in Italy :)

Don't see it if you are looking for something serious or political. Truly a lovely evening- great acting. I love plays with music. So much talent here!

10
Slow, Disappointing, Dated, Confusing, Cliched

See it if You’re a militant fan of Tennessee Williams. And perhaps if you had an old Italian grandmother and can easily make sense of a strong accent.

Don't see it if You’d like to understand the play. Very hard to hear. The play was also just.... very boring. Such low energy.

79
Dated, Funny, Entertaining

See it if You like Marisa Tomei. If you want to see a somewhat romantic comedy and you grew up in an Italian household.

Don't see it if You don’t like dramas, you don’t like to hear Italian accents and you need a lot of excitement onstage.

69
Ambitious, Quirky, Disappointing

See it if You are a Tennessee William fan or a Marisa Tomei fan.

Don't see it if You don't enjoy exaggerated ethnic characters or slice of life tales.

Also Did appreciate the creative sets and the women singing, sort of like a... Read more Read less

60
Quirky, Dated, Confusing, Cliched

See it if You like Marisa Tomei.... she does a good job despite a vague script and weak story line

Don't see it if you expect a typical strong and emotional Tennessee Williams script

50
Insipid, Excruciating, Dated, Disappointing, Cliched

See it if U want to see rarely staged Tennessee Williams with an Oscar winning actress

Don't see it if U will be disappointed by weak direction, distractingly bad set, or inconsistent accents and performances. Or just hate flamingos (wtf?)!

78
Funny, Entertaining

See it if If you want to see an amazing Marisa Tomei.

Don't see it if If you like a sharply worded fast moving play and expect it to be as good as the movie.


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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