Center Theatre Group - L.A.'s Theatre Company

The Subject Was Roses


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Project  DATE
Direct Access Theatre Experience
Mar 20, 2010

Stage Talks

Mar 2, 14 & 16, 2010

Performance Length

1hr 40mins -
15mins intermission

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Recommended for ages 16+

Children 6 and under who may cry or fidget are never admitted.

Adult Language and themes. Recommended for audiences age 16+


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“Material  of integrity…truthfulness of staging, and a stellar cast including Martin  Sheen…

  - Bob Verini, Variety


  - Ina Jaffe, NPR

“The chemistry between Martin Sheen and Brian Geraghty is electric.  Both actors turn in astounding performances. Frances Conroy is luminous.”

“Universal themes of love and freedom remain as clear and  untarnished as they were in the 60s…GREAT DRAMA.”

  - Don  Grigware,

“Sheen achieves a rich and sensitive performance. Frances Conroy  masterfully conveys the tension behind even the most forced encounters. Brian  Geraghty gives a well rounded characterization…AN AURA OF CRISP AUTHENTICITY.”
- Les  Spindle, Back Stage

Martin Sheen, Frances Conroy and Brian Geraghty star in The Subject Was Roses.

When it comes to  family, there are three sides to every story.  A young man’s return  from World War II becomes a catalyst for an emotional tug-of-war in which love  is a prize and a weapon..

Martin Sheen returns to the play that earned him a Tony Award nomination in  1964; now as the patriarch of a family forced to confront its own privatized  emotions and buried truths. Frances Conroy (Six Feet Under) and Brian  Geraghty (The Hurt Locker) complete the family triangle struggling to  reconnect after years of emotional distance and rediscover the beauty in the  simple gift of roses.

“This is a timeless, important play with characters so rich and believable that your heart goes out to them, wishing they could break out of old family patterns.  These are people we can all identify with.  It makes for compelling theatre.”
- Michael Ritchie - Center Theatre Group Artistic Director

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The Subject Was Roses Opening Night

Opening night performance of The Subject Was Roses.


Read the reviews

Sheen’s Circle, From Son to Father
- David Belcher, New York Times

Culture Monster
- Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times

Father And Son: Sheen Revisits Subject Was Roses
- Ina Jaffe, NPR