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

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

79
Quirky, Entertaining, Dated

See it if Marisa Tomei full throttle in a milestone role with large supporting cast in a Trip Cullman directed passion piece would delight you.

Don't see it if Tennessee Williams’ over-the-top quirky, romantic excesses annoy you.

55
Funny, Disappointing, Banal, Confusing

See it if You want to see marissa tomei (the only reason see this) Like ridiculous story line and poor writing Bad accents and bad acting Awkwardness

Don't see it if A well written story A cohesive story from start to end A nuanced, culturally sensitive perspective

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.

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

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.

50
Disappointing, Dated, Cliched

See it if Marisa Tomei is riveting in what we both thought was a strangely misdirected show.

Don't see it if Why would a community of Sicilian immigrants speak in HEAVILY accented English to each other when they could more easily speak Italian?

75
Entertaining

See it if You want to be awed by Marisa

Don't see it if You cant relate to an Italian family

50
Boring

See it if You love Marisa Tomei - she shines in this, but the rest of the play falls flat.

Don't see it if Accents bother you.

60
Great writing, Funny, Indulgent, Slow, Quirky

See it if you're a Tennessee Williams completest, or a Marisa Tomei fan.

Don't see it if You're expecting a coherent directorial vision, or if bizarre takes on classic works don't appeal to you.

Also The beautiful writing and top-notch cast is no match for Cullman's ham... Read more Read less

61
Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Intense, Great acting

See it if You love marisa tomei and good acting

Don't see it if You get bored easily

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

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.

80
Absorbing, Funny, Delightful, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if you love Marisa Tomai. The show is done well, but Marisa could have done a one-man show. She is Serafina! Interesting set, other actors ok.

Don't see it if you hate Tennessee Williams or if you are looking for a heavy, thought-provoking play. This is light and does not ask a lot of the audience.

65
Great acting, Disappointing, Confusing

See it if Marisa Tomei was wonderful but the play itself was inconsistent and confusing, with a creepy, icky scene toward the end.

Don't see it if You don't want to deal with heavy accents, or don't want to be left with many questions when it is over.

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

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.

85
Romantic, Great acting, Enchanting

See it if for Marissa Tomei - her performance is the reason to go. It has a religious theme & it's a bit confusing at first. I felt Act 2 is stronger.

Don't see it if you hate accents, religious themes, abstract scenes, one set plays, romantic storylines.

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.

51
Confusing, Disappointing, Cliched

See it if you like Marisa Tomei and don't mind a lot of screaming children and adults. Also if you are expecting a comedy.

Don't see it if you liked the film and are expecting a rather sweet play about the power of sexual attraction. This production is pure comedic chaos.

Also There is a lot of singing which is nice except it sounds like everyone... Read more Read less

72
Romantic, Resonant, Refreshing, Great acting, Enchanting

See it if you love Marisa Tomei, her performance is almost more breathtaking than the set, which is saying something.

Don't see it if you are triggered at all by grief, the show is extremely depressing but gets more uplifting by the end.

76
Dated, Cliched, Disappointing, Fluffy, Overrated

See it if You're curious to see a light Tennessee Williams drama.

Don't see it if You've seen a decent amount of wonderful theater because this isn't wonderful, it's meh at best.

15
Poor direction, Terrible lead performance, Indulgent, Insipid, Slow

See it if Some of the other actors were good... set is beautiful. Yeah. That's all I got.

Don't see it if Marisa Tomei is HEINOUS in this play. The direction is awful. I do not understand how Cullman gets so much work. I wanted to leave 5 mins in

75
Entertaining, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if The actors were great bringing the story to life.The set, projections & flamingos was great. I even felt a breeze of wind at end of act 2.

Don't see it if storms scare you, the winds and noise was realistic

77
Funny, Pleasant, Predictable

See it if You love Marisa Tomei and want to see her as a force of nature!

Don't see it if You require a complex plot or hate yelling.


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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