As Philip C. Kolin observes in Tennessee Williams: A Tribute, The Rose Tattoo is ‘‘an experiment in comedy,’’ a blending of many comedic traditions. Slapstick, farcical, and bawdy elements are predominant, as the play is a strung together series of ridiculous events revolving around Serafina Delle Rose, a woman whose major preoccupation is her handsome husband’s virility. Williams’s play is a comic celebration of what the ancient Greeks or Romans would call the Dionysian elements of life, a celebration of eros, creative intoxication, virility, and regeneration....
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