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Pterodactyls by Nicky Silver

  • Culver Studios 9336 Washington Boulevard Culver City, CA United States (map)

Nicky Silver’s “Pterodactyls” Is an Offbeat Comedy About the Family Who Put the D in Dysfunctional!

An absurdist black comedy about the demise of the Duncan family, and, by extension, the species. Emma Duncan, a hypochondriac with memory problems, and her orphaned fiancé, Tommy, confront her mother, Grace, with the news of their intended marriage. Disapproving at first, Grace acquiesces and puts Tommy to work as a maid. Shortly after, Grace's son, Todd, returns home and announces he has AIDS which sets off a frenzy of denial-spurred activity. Come laugh and cry with this disturbingly hilarious play about what it means to be family!

PERFORMANCE DATES @ Culver Studios 9336 Washington Blvd Culver City, CA:


PERFORMANCES September 2, 3, 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 17, 22, 23, 24

All evening performances begin at 8 pm, matinee begins at 2pm. 

***Parking available onsite for both venues


Dysfunction takes on new meaning with the Duncan Family. We laugh throughout, as we watch the family disintegrate, and finally realize the seeds of this dysfunction lie within us all. "…PTERODACTYLS struck me as the flip-side of The Skin of Our Teeth Thornton Wilder's antic celebration of mankind's ability to muddle through." —NY Times.

"There are times—not all that many, admittedly—when a critic wishes he had never used the word 'brilliant' before, so he could offer it fresh minded and glittering to something new. And different…" —NY Post.

"Clever is the word for PTERODACTYLS…clever, sharp, witty—it's a play that takes aim at the main-streamed, moneyed, conventional American family and buries it under one satiric jibe after another." —TheaterWeek.

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