The Rose Tattoo, which was a box-office success on Broadway, followed two other major Broadway successes for Williams, The Glass Menagerie and A Streetcar Named Desire. The play’s popularity with the public garnered it a Tony Award, with critics, on the whole, seeing it as a less successful play than the two previous successes.
William Hawkins’s mixed review is typical of critical reaction following the play’s Broadway opening. Writing for the New York World-Telegram and The Sun, he states that in ‘‘its favor the play has atmosphere...
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