Last week I saw The New Group’s new play The Russian Transport by Erika Sheffer at Theatre Row. The exciting part was that Jeneane Garofalo was in it. Who doesn’t love her dry sense of humor in Romy and Michelle’s High School Reunion? TRT was about a Russian family living in New York City who’s life is disrupted when the mother’s brother comes to stay and introduces her son to a new type of transportation business.
I found the first act tediously long. I didn’t quite understand what was going on and the brother had ridiculously long monologues that went absolutely nowhere. The second act was shorter and more entertaining, but it contained the longest, rambling, most boring monologue that I’ve ever heard courtesy of the brother.
The cast is excellent through out including Garofalo, Daniel Oreskes, Morgan Spector, Sarah Steele, and Raviv Ullman. It wasn’t their fault that the material wasn’t the most entertaining.