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Russian Transport

Russian Transport, Theatre Row/Acorn Theatre, NYC Show Poster
Theatre Row/Acorn Theatre

410 West 42nd Street
New York, NY 10036

2hrs. 30min
1 Intermission
Important Dates
Jan 17, 2012
Jan 30, 2012
Mar 24, 2012
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The New Group presents the world premiere of Erika Sheffer's family drama, starring Janeane Garofalo.


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What Is the Story of Russian Transport?
This moving drama by Erika Sheffer is is the story of Diana and Misha, a Russian immigrant couple raising their two Americanized teenagers in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn. When charismatic Uncle Boris comes to visit from Russia, teens Mira and Alex bond with him instantly. But when the siblings discover dark secrets about Boris and the family business, they realize their uncle may not be so trustworthy after all. Mira and Alex must struggle with the knowledge they have learned and try to deal with the terrifying consequences without the help of their parents.

Critics’ Reviews

[Janeane] Garofalo and [Morgan] Spector are particularly good at suggesting ruthless determination under a friendly enough facade. You’d think twice about sharing a vodka with these two.

Review by Elisabeth Vincentelli from New York Post

A thoughtful, well-written domestic drama with something original to say about immigrant families living by old world values in a new world culture? Pinch me!

Review by Marilyn Stasio from Variety

Cast & Creative


  • Misha
    Daniel Oreskes
  • Boris
    Morgan Spector
  • Mira
    Sarah Steele
  • Alex
    Raviv Ullman


  • Written by
    Erika Sheffer
  • Director
    Scott Elliott

Frequently Asked Questions

What Is Russian Transport Like?
Part dark drama, part witty black comedy, Russian Transport invites audience members into the modest Brooklyn home of Diana (Janeane Garofalo) and Misha (Daniel Oreskes). Helmed by Scott Elliott, this intimate production makes viewers feel like they are eating dinner (and taking shots of Russian vodka) right along with the family. The cast switches effortlessly between English and Russian, giving the play an extra dimension that heightens the humor and drama.

Is Russian Transport Good for Kids?
No. Underage drinking and smoking, sexual acts and abundant bad language are present in this production—if Russian Transport were a movie, it would be rated R. Although older teens may be interested in the subject matter, see the play first before deciding if they are mature enough to handle the graphic scenes.