Russian Transport

Friday, October 21 st, 2016 at 00:10 am 

Russian Transport is on Theatre Row at 410 West 42nd Street in that group of theatres. This looks at a family in Sheepshead Bay Brooklyn, and stars Janeanne Garofalo, Daniel Oreskes, Morgan Spector, Sarah Steele, and Raviv  Ullman. The story is of a family that runs a taxi service out of their house. Diana’s brother, Boris, comes just off the boat, and he’s clearly what we figure out very early on, a Russian gangster, who gets the kids sort of in trouble. There are a bunch of problems with this play. First of all, I don’t know why, for an American audience, you would have the cast speaking Russian 1/3 of the time. Either that means that we don’t care what they’re saying, or they’re trying to impress us. I mean, I suppose it is impressive the entire cast speaks both English and Russian, but I don’t exactly get the point of that, because presumably most of the audience does not speak Russian; so what does it mean to have that much of the play in Russian? I don’t know. The plot is kind of predictable and there really is no ending to it; it just sort of ends, and the stage is all red, and we don’t know if that means someone was shot, or bled, or that it has to do with communists. I don’t know what it has to do with. I just don’t think this worked very well; two stars.