Rose's Dilemma is a 2003 play by Neil Simon, produced off-Broadway by the Manhattan Theatre Club at City Center's Stage 1. It ran from November 20, 2003 until February 1, 2004. Directed by Lynn Meadow, it starred John Cullum, Patricia Hodges, David Aaron Baker, and Geneva Carr. Mary Tyler Moore, who started in previews, left the show prior to opening.
Under the title Rose and Walsh, this play premiered earlier in 2003 in Los Angeles, California, at the Geffen Playhouse. Directed by David Esbjornson, it starred Len Cariou as Walsh and Jane Alexander as Rose.
Writer Rose Steiner, suffering from writers' block, needs money and is determined to write another "blockbuster." Rose fantasizes that she sees and has conversations with her dead lover, Walsh McLaren, a famous and successful writer. At Walsh's suggestion, Rose decides to finish his novel, and asks a young writer living nearby to help. Rose's assistant, and daughter, Arlene, is trying to be helpful and becomes romantically involved with the young writer Gavin Clancy.
- playbill article, June 10, 2003
- Lortel listing
- Curtain Up review, 12/20/03
- New York Times review, December 19, 2003
- Variety review, December 18, 2003