Theater: Eros & the Widow

The Rose Tattoo. No one falls in love on the modern stage, and it's a pity. Love lends an almost old-fashioned sweetness, tenderness and charm to this glowingly warm Broadway revival of a Tennessee Williams play that first opened in 1950.

Love alone does not govern the play, for it is also a drama about passion as a prime element, a life force that no more obeys the laws of convention than a tidal wave heeds the shore line. The heroine (Maureen Stapleton) is a kind of common woman's Phaedra. Just as the Greek Queen went mad in her passion for her...

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