Theater: Rose

By Martin Sherman

As the title character of this one-character play--an 80-year-old Jewish woman who tells the story of her life, from a Ukrainian shtetl to Warsaw during the Nazi years and at last to Miami Beach--Olympia Dukakis gives a magnificent performance. Sitting on a bench in a dimly lighted apartment, hands planted on her knees, she is warm and true, funny but free of shtick, and less maudlin than one might expect. So long as you accept that this rather too calculated monologue is occupying a Broadway stage where real plays used to roam, it's a moving evening.

--By Richard Zoglin


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