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From 4 member  reviews
Members say: Great acting, Ambitious, Intelligent, Disappointing, Banal

About the show

Nora's Playhouse presents the Kennedy story as a one woman show, told through the eyes of the matriarch, Rose Kennedy. More…

'Rose' is set in 1969 at the Kennedy’s Hyannis Port compound the week after Teddy’s fateful accident at Chappaquiddick. Rose Kennedy struggles with all the tragedies the Kennedys have overcome and finds new understanding of the choices she made, as well as those made by her husband and children. Inspired by audio recordings Rose Kennedy made, this one-character drama takes the audience on a fascinating and unexpected journey.

Member Reviews (4)


Great acting, Ambitious, Intelligent, Disappointing, Banal
Avg Score

Great acting, Intelligent, Ambitious, Slow, Thought-provoking

See it if You can appreciate one woman shows with the great acting

Don't see it if You’re short on patience and cannot stand a slow moving historical show

Great acting

See it if Chalfont, a remarkable actor, brings Rose Kennedy to life. It is a well researched play and was happy to become well acquainted with Rose.

Don't see it if You know all you need to know about the Kennedy clan.

Great acting, Ambitious, Disappointing, Banal, Cliched

See it if you love all things Kennedy and love minutia. Also see it if you love seeing a great actor elevate an uninspired script.

Don't see it if you want riveting theatre and fall asleep easily. There is nothing new here.

Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Great writing

See it if You are fascinated with the Kennedy family or if you want to see Rose's perspective.

Don't see it if You don't want to see one person only.

December 2nd, 2015
"Ms. Chalfant is enchanting — isn’t she always? — working her typical magic in a white pantsuit, pearls and a 1960s bouffant. Her work is hampered, though, by a play that tries to say way too much...This is a ladylike drama, in keeping with its subject’s public persona...Ms. Klepikov and Lianne A...
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November 30th, 2015
"One could not ask for a better interpreter of this complex role than the brilliant Kathleen Chalfant. Clad in an Arnold Scaasi–esque pantsuit by Jane Greenwood, she exudes her signature fiery intelligence. Rose’s thwarted drive is all there, kept in check by constant hand-­wringing—­a gesture no...
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November 30th, 2015
"In Kathleen Chalfant, the production has an actress who is superbly skilled at probing the unspoken emotions tucked away behind Rose's iron-willed great-lady façade…Surely the director, Caroline Reddick Lawson, had much to do with sculpting such a tactful, understated, and ultimately devastating...
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November 29th, 2015
"It's rarely a riveting evening, and anyone with merely a passing familiarity of the Kennedys will find few genuine surprises in it. But it unveils enough seldom-aired complexities to at least stay interesting. The production could be sharper...Chalfant's portrayal is articulate and measured, but...
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