World Premiere M. Proust at the Steppenwolf Upstairs Theatre
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In this comedy-turned-thriller that took off-Broadway by storm, a rowdy, hot-tempered Russian family living in Brooklyn is on a quest to achieve the American dream. But things are turned a bit topsy-turvy when Uncle Boris arrives from the old country, embroiling them in his mysterious business venture and forcing them to decide just how far they're willing to go for success. With writing so slick as to seem like sleight-of-hand, Russian Transport morphs from a funny comedy and a heated family drama into a pulse-pounding thriller. Learn More
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Featured review from Pat C.Red Velvet
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Well-conceived and well-acted. However, it would have been more enjoyable if Ms. Peil had offered more variation in emotional tone. Though hints of tenderness and even humor came through during reminiscences, more emphasis could have been given these warmer, gentler feelings. The tone of unremitting outrage and disapproval wore thin.
Quotes & Highlights
- “The most intriguing new show of the summer.” <em>--New York Times</em>
- “Smart, stylish…elegantly performed.” <em>--Chicago Tribune</em>
Don’t miss this world premiere by Mary Zimmerman, directed by Eric Rosen.
By Mary Zimmerman
Based on the writings of
Marcel Proust and Celeste Albaret
Directed by Eric Rosen
Scenic design Dan Ostling Costume design Mara Blumenfeld
Lighting design Chris Binder Sound design Andre Pluess
Dramaturg Elizabeth Williamson
A Steppenwolf Theatre Visiting Company Initiative
About Mary Beth Peil
Mary Beth Peil received a Tony Award-nomination for her role opposite Yul Brenner in The King and I, and most recently appeared on Broadway opposite Antonio Banderas in Nine. Peil won an Obie Award for her performance in Cheever Evening, Missing Persons, and Naked Truth. She appeared in the films Odd Coup-le II, Stepford Wives, and the upcoming Flags of our Fathers, and had a recurring role on the hit television show Dawson’s Creek, as well as appearing on Law and Order: SVU and The Reagans. Off-Broadway she has appeared in Hedda Gabler, Frame 312, Sylvia, As Thousands Cheer, and Finding the Sun She has been seen in numerous regional theater productions, including Wit, Lucky Duck, They All Laughed, Hay Fever, Hamlet, Naked Eye, and Month in the Country. Peil is a company member at Atlantic Theater and Drama Department, and has been seen at the Metropolitan Opera National Company and NY City Opera. Peil has a Bachelor’s Degree from Northwestern University.
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