The Theater: New Play in Manhattan, Feb. 12, 1951

The Rose Tattoo (by Tennessee Williams; produced by Cheryl Crawford) is laid, like most Tennessee Williams plays, in the South—in a village on the Gulf Coast. But its characters are rowdy Sicilian immigrants, and its tenor is life-loving and affirmative. Playwright Williams has cast off unnaturalism for primitivism, neurosis for fulfillment, the genteel nymphomaniac for the savage one-man woman. But though he has reversed his basic theme, introduced some livelier and trashier tunes, trilled a bit less and banged more, Williams has never seemed so blatantly himself.

The Rose Tattoo is about Serafina Delle Rose, whose husband—a lusty man with a rose...

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