Assessment: Rose, Park Theatre – a narrative of a lifetime of love and tragedy advised with wit and humour (Rev Stan’s theatre weblog)


Martin Sherman’s play Rose on the Park Theatre is framed by two equivalent killings many years aside, and the titular character witnesses each.

Maureen Lipman  Rose  Park Theatre Photo Mark Senior

Maureen Lipman in Rose Park Theatre, Sep 2022. Photograph: Mark Senior

Performed by Dame Maureen Lipman, Rose sits Shivah on a wood bench, reflecting on her life.

Born in Ukraine within the Twenties, it’s a lifetime of looking out and surviving; she strikes in the direction of the joy of Warsaw as a young person, and when the Nazis arrive survives by hiding.

After the battle, her looking out and surviving proceed taking her throughout Europe after which the US through Palestine. As soon as in America, she strikes pushed by economics and alternative.

However whereas this can be a life formed by brutal battle and racism, it’s also a lifetime of love, romance, and humour. Rose, as performed by Lipman, is witty and deadpan.

“I’ve solely imprecise, wandering photographs of my childhood, however yesterday – I bear in mind all the things single factor about yesterday. Nothing occurred yesterday.”

She is just not shy concerning the particulars and talks about love and intercourse virtually in the identical tone as shedding family members. There are occasional emotional outbursts – anger and tears – however principally, she is matter-of-fact, her vitality as an individual expressed in her actions as described – and that humour.

Rose’s is a life in 80 years of historical past or historical past in 80 years of life. It’s a private story formed by large world occasions that present how classes of historical past are by no means really realized.

It’s a static play, with Rose sitting telling her story, which implies all the things hangs on Lipman and her efficiency. And it is a wonderful feat of appearing endurance, delivering 2+ hours of storytelling with solely the occasional pause to take a sip of water or eat some ice cream.

Her comedian timing is excellent.

That mentioned, the tempo and tone did imply I felt the working instances now and again.

Rose is a play a few life examined to the extremes however one which is lived as absolutely as potential, regardless of it. I am giving it ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.

Rose, Park Theatre

Directed by Scott Le Crass

Written by Martin Sherman

Operating time 2.5 hours, together with an interval

Reserving till 15 October for extra particulars and tickets, go to the Park Theatre web site.

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