Nicky Silver's brazen, mordant, ultimately moving take on the screwball comedy of manners and marriage a la The Philadelphia Story by way of The Skin Of Our Teeth, (with a knowing wink to Joe Orton), set in the era of the onset of AIDS.
A sterling cast did spirited work. Lisa Repo-Martell and Raphael Paccitti were outrageously funny as the mismatched couple not meant to be, while James Gallanders and the award worthy Brenda Bazinet carried the dramatic payload as a mother and son out of Ibsen.
Designer Mark McGann added a sixth character with his ingenious T-Rex fabrication.
Canadian Premiere - The Annex Theatre
“This production directed by Jon Michaelson is finely crafted and strongly performed…”
Kate Taylor, The Globe & Mail
“…Magnificent wit and off-kilter comedy – fine acting…Liisa Repo-Martell’s performance is sheer delight…not far behind is Rafael Pacitti…”
Geoff Chapman, Toronto Star
“Pterodactyls uses the elements of farce and screwball tragedy to explore the darkest issues imaginable with style, humour, and incredible pacing. The cast offers high-energy comic performances…Pterodactyls is a funny, painful reminder that “denial ain’t just a river in Egypt.”
Laura Kosterski, XTRA!
Directed by JM
Set Design: JM, Peter Jaworski
Lighting: Stephen Plotkin
Costumes: Anna Maria Valastro.
T-Rex design by Mark McGann
Stage Manager: Karl Wollinger
Associate Producer: Astrid Van Wieren