Critics have reviewed Dame Maureen Lipman starring in Martin Sherman’s play Rose at the Park Theatre in London.
Martin Sherman’s Rose originally premiered at the National Theatre in 1999, where it was nominated for an Olivier for Best New Play; and this production starring Maureen Lipman had its premiere online and on Sky Arts during the Covid lockdowns, but is now, finally, brought to the stage.
Maureen Lipman is Rose – a Jewish woman shaped by her history. She offers an intimate and, at times, humorous account of the 20th century, and its complicated heritage. This thought-provoking production acts as a caution, highlighting the importance of unity in the face of adversity, and the need to recognise and empathise with the suffering of others.
The director is Scott Le Crass, Set & Costume Designer is David Shields, Lighting Designer is Jane Lalljee, Sound Designer & Composer is Julian Starr, Producer & General Manager is Guy Chapman, Producer & General Manager is Thomas Hopkins, and Associate General Manager is Clive Chenery.
Rose runs at the Park Theatre until 15 October 2022.
More reviews to follow.
"Maureen Lipman is magnetic in journey through Jewish 20th century"
"A mourning woman looks back on her life in Martin Sherman’s ethereal yet uneven drama about history, heritage and memory"
"Maureen Lipman starred in an online production early in the pandemic – now she gets to spellbind in person. Often goofily physical, here she is rivetingly contained, all restraint and grace notes (though the colourful, overenthusiastic lighting design can make her seem trapped in a lava lamp). She’ll crack a joke then watch us quizzically; chasms open behind the twinkle. Tears fall unbidden, barely acknowledged: Rose’s turn is an unsentimental one."
"Scott Le Crass’s production suggests Jewish identity as an act of memory, even when recollection is the last thing you can bear. Rose, who always feels like a displaced person, makes the century real by remembering it – she’s her own restless dybbuk."
"Maureen Lipman is mesmerising as Jewish Holocaust survivor'"
"Hers is a performance for which phrases like ‘powerhouse’ and ‘tour de force’ were invented"
"Sherman writes with wit and observation in a play that’s about a life lived to the full and experiences that are at once deeply personal to the woman alone on that stage yet universal for everyone in the audience."
"Lipman is a warmer actress than Dukakis and she gives a beautifully modulated performance that feels more like a sometimes cosy and oftentimes deeply distressing chat with a fascinating character than an over-rehearsed monologue from a seasoned professional."
"A Century survived"
"The strength of it, captured perfectly by Lipman’s nuanced changes from fondness to contempt, horror to amusement, lies in the detailed individuality of all the characters she depicts."
"It is an unforgettable evening: profound darkness of evil streaked with unconquerable human light, even humour. What could be grimly unbearable, is made bearable: simply because people bore it, and we need to remember. Speaking for many voices, Lipman holds that memory with faith."
"A devastating tour de force by Maureen Lipman"
"Martin Sherman's story of a Jewish woman sitting Shiva on her 80th birthday is one of the most moving and extraordinary theatrical experiences you will see this year."
"Lipman's performance is astonishing as she delivers Sherman’s monologue with a seemingly casual but authentic familiarity in a warm American Jewish accent."