The Rose Tattoo | Theater Wit | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Feb. 28 2015
Price: $15-$33
Tennessee Williams's celebratory 1950 romance, a striking change of pace from his melancholy The Glass Menagerie and starkly tragic A Streetcar Named Desire, concerns a Sicilian-American widow in Louisiana. Devastated by the violent death of her husband and the miscarriage of their unborn child, the emotionally volatile, devoutly Catholic Serafina is gripped by depression bordering on madness—until an eccentric, awkward truck driver barges into her life, offering her a second chance at love. The character of Serafina, written for Anna Magnani, was conceived as a larger-than-life earth mother, but diminutive Eileen Niccolai makes the role her own in Greg Vinkler's beautifully detailed staging for Shattered Globe Theatre. Niccolai's scrappy little slugger of a Serafina is both comical and poignant, appropriate for a play that veers boldly between tragedy and farce. She's well matched by Nic Grelli as her endearingly impetuous suitor, and the large supporting cast bring vivid energy to Williams's vision of human life as a rich, raucous folk pageant. —Albert Williams



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