Tennessee Williams' Timeless Love Story The Rose Tattoo
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As a concept, a Tennesse Williams play is a good thing. A.C.T. did a bang-up job this past season with "Cat On A Hot Tin Roof."
But this production, well!
There was a 20 minute delay to begin the play. Then there was another 30 minute delay during intermission. Then there were techinical difficulties while the play was going on, where, incidentally, there was SO MUCH screaming by the actresses, that I wanted to run out of the theater!
I WOULD NOT recommend this play to a friend. Maybe to an enemy. And I would not go back to see another production at that theater again.
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Typical of Tennessee Williams's plays, a number of the characters would benefit from some psychiatric care. However, this play's ending was not as much of a downer as his other plays I've seen. The lead actress did a good job in the role of the...continued
The Actors Theatre of San Francisco presents The Rose Tattoo by Pulitzer Prize winning dramatist, Tennessee Williams. Known as his “love play to the world,” the plot revolves around the reignited passion of a Sicilian seamstress named Serafina, whose love, grief, and anger know no bounds. Serafina retreats to the safe haven of memories after the death of her husband, but when these memories are shattered by a horrible truth, the widow finds comfort in a truck driver who reminds her of her lost love. Living in a small immigrant town on the coast, Serafina struggles to come to terms with her own awakening desire, as well as that of her 15-year-old daughter, whom she can no longer shelter from the perils of love.
This ATSF production will feature a memorable ensemble of actors, including Maggie de Vera as Serafina, Edward Donlin as Mangiacavallo, Jessica Coghill as Rosa and Duncan Phillips as Jack. Additional cast members include James Baldock, Giancarlo Campagna, Sam Gabel, Malinda Hackett, John Krause, Lisa Lennox, Irma Oliva-Ansa, Concetta Sava-Cerny, Antonella Soldaini, and Phaedra Starr.
About the Playwright:
Considered one of the greatest American playwrights, Tennessee Williams was born Thomas Lanier Williams on March 26, 1911, in Columbus, Mississippi. Williams, whose very first published story appeared in the magazine _Weird Tales _in 1928, attended the University of Missouri, Washington University in St. Louis, and the University of Iowa where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1938. In 1940 Williams’ first major production, Battle of Angels, opened in Boston, but the play was a failure and was quickly withdrawn. However, Williams did not have to wait long for success. The Glass Menagerie_, which was initially staged in 1944 in Chicago and then ran for 561 performances in New York City, won the New York Drama Critics Circle Award and established the playwright’s reputation. In 1947 A Streetcar Named Desire _was an even greater success, winning another Drama Critics Circle Award, as well as a Pulitzer Prize. Williams then entered a prolific stage of his career, and over a period of a decade and a half, produced a new play every couple of years. These include Summer and Smoke (1947), _The Rose Tattoo , Camino Real (1953), Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1955; won a Pulitzer Prize), Orpheus Descending_ (1957; revised version of Battle of Angels), _Garden District (1958; which became Suddenly Last Summer_, 1964), and _The Night of the Iguana _(1961). Williams continued to produce plays throughout his life and published three volumes of short stories, two novels, a memoir, and numerous essays. He died on February 24, 1983, in New York City.