Theatre Review: Rose

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Rose

National Theatre, London SE1 (0171-452 3000)

, an elderly Jewish woman, is "sitting shiva" and looking back over her life. A wonderfully adroit Olympia Dukakis has a lovely face that can give the impression of holding in check the tears of all the ages and can lift into delightful curves of wry, shrugging appreciation of life's black little jokes. Nancy Meckler directs with quiet, self-effacing skill and I applaud Martin Sherman's play which directs some well aimed blows at British policy with regard to Jews after the war.

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