Already closed | 2h 40m | Midtown W

The Rose Tattoo

From 283 member  reviews
Members say: Great acting, Entertaining, Disappointing, Dated, Funny

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 (283)

MEMBERS SAY:

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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

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.

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.

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

60
Overrated, Disappointing

See it if You like Tennessee Williams and Marisa Tomei. The staging and directing was a disappointment. Tomei and the "greek chorus were good.

Don't see it if You don't like Tennessee Williams or revivals or bad directing

Also I thought Marisa Tomei was great. But I did not like the directors int... Read more Read less

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!

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

70
Great acting, Funny, Entertaining

See it if Marisa Tomei is wonderful. Most of the rest of the actors are good.

Don't see it if You want a musical or a serious drama

Also The staging was a bit confusing. They cut down the length of the play ... Read more Read less

95
Riveting, Masterful, Exquisite, Enchanting, Absorbing

See it if You can appreciate a desperate love story, find Italians romantic, and to see one of America's greatest actresses leave her soul on stage.

Don't see it if you're not a romantic, or are easily distracted.

75
Absorbing, Intelligent, Entertaining

See it if You are a Tennessee Williams and Marisa Tomei fan.

Don't see it if Mind confusing sub-plots

65
Inconsistent, Dated, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if You like Marisa Tomei and co-star Emun Elliot, who deliver strong, engaging performances. You want to see a classic play.

Don't see it if The material seems a little confused, disconnect in tone between the two acts. Some inconsistencies in the way the set is interacted with.

83
Refreshing, Great acting, Funny, Enchanting

See it if You like to see complex female characters and great acting, like quirky settings and accents, and Tennessee Williams’ plays

Don't see it if You are put off by strange accents and props, if you expect a tragedy, or you’re you’re squeamish about middle aged woman’s frank sexuality.

85
Romantic, Riveting, Great acting

See it if you love Marisa Tomei. She's wonderful. Throws herself into a showcase role and carries the play.

Don't see it if you're expecting typical Tennessee Williams. Saw it with two non-theatre people who said they had a hard time understanding the language.

76
Confusing, Entertaining, Funny

See it if you like Marisa Tomei and light romantic comedy style plays

Don't see it if expect something new, absorbing, or captivating, with a fresh take or compelling story

Also Overall , I enjoyed this because Marisa Tomei is great and the support... Read more Read less

77
Romantic, Resonant, Enchanting, Great acting

See it if You are a fan of Marissa Tomei-she is fabulous and owns the stage. You like Tennessee Williams. It’s one of his lighter plays.

Don't see it if You don’t like Tennessee Williams or have trouble with accents. Miss Tomei has a heavy Italian accent throughout.


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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