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AIDS-Themed Comedy Gets NYC Revival

AIDS-Themed Comedy Gets NYC Revival


Gay playwright Nicky Silver's absurdist classic Pterodactyls will be staged off-off-Broadway.

Gay playwright Nicky Silver's Pterodactyls is returning to the New York stage this summer for a limited engagement.

The absurdist black comedy is about the unraveling of the Duncans, a Philadelphia family, after the gay son comes home to reveal that he has AIDS. His sister's fiance, the family maid, is a man struggling with his true sexuality.

"Unable to communicate about a single thing, the Duncans start to disintegrate, and we begin to see that most horrific and iconic disease of the past fifty years is actually the least of their worries," read press notes about the production.

Directed by Stephen Kaliski, Pterodactyls begins performances Thursday and runs through August 3 at off-off-Broadway's Teatro Circulo. The cast features Lori Kee, Maggie Low, Jeremiah Maestas, Dennis Gagomiros, and Roger Manix.

Pterodactyls, one of the earliest American plays to explore a family's response to the AIDS epidemic, was first produced off-Broadway in 1993 with cast members Kelly Bishop, T. Scott Cunningham, Dennis Creaghan, Hope Davis, and Kent Lanier. Silver's other plays include The Lyons,Too Much Sun, and The Food Chain.

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