By Julie Tepperman, directed by Richard Greenblatt and Aaron Willis
YICHUD ran at Theatre Passe Murraille in Toronto to much acclaim. It was remounted in 2011 again at TPM and at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa as part of the Magnetic North Theatre Festival.
"The minute you walk into Theatre Passe Muraille, you know Convergence Theatre will stay true to its mandate of integrating audience into the action... Walk into the performance space itself and pre-wedding festivities are in full bloom. The men are upstairs partying at the Tish, the pre-ceremony men’s party, the women are downstairs attending to the bride. Diane Flacks as Malka, the mother of the bride, is especially good during this pre-show piece, greeting the audience members, appearing distracted at other times – foreshadowing her inner conflict – or swaying to the music." -- NOW magazine
"...The bride's father wants to talk about "kosher sex" with his rigid, buttoned-up wife (a superb job of underplaying fromDiane Flacks). -- Toronto Star
"As the mother of the bride, Diane Flacks is not merely the quintessential Jewish mother, but everybody’s mother." -- Apt. 613 blog
FREDA AND JEM'S BEST OF THE WEEK
First presented at Factory Theatre as part of Toronto’s Summerworks Festival, the play opens Buddies in Bad times 2014 season.
Written by Lois Fine, and directed by world-renowned playwright, Judith Thompson.
The play brings to the stage a lesbian family of two moms and two kids and does so in a way that makes lesbian marriage just as wonderful and just as problematic as any family.
Diane’s work was described as “Captivating” and a “tour-de-force” in the Torontoist.com and “luminous” in the Toronto Star.
LUBA, SIMPLY, LUBA
A new solo show written by Diane Flacks for Canada’s award-winning and much loved Queen of Comedy, Luba Goy of the Royal Canadian Air Farce. Directed by Andrey Tarasiuk, the play ran at CanStage in the spring of 2012.
THE WAITING ROOM
Diane is currently writing this new play, commissioned by the Tarragon Theatre. Diane recently received the Alberta Theatre Projects Enbridge Playrites award for The Waiting Room.
BEAR WITH ME
Nightwood Theatre presented the Toronto premiere of BEAR WITH ME. Based on her laugh-out-loud book, this wickedly funny stage production is a straight-up, rollicking account of Flacks’ reluctant flight into the secret and insane world of motherhood. BEAR WITH ME hit Toronto in January 2009 after wildly successful tours at the Grand Theatre (London), the Magnetic North Theatre (National Arts Centre, Ottawa).
**** (4 out of 4 stars)The Toronto Star - Read the review: Sharp and funny play has natural birth
**** NOW Magazine - Read the review: Mommy Dearest
Diane teamed up with Richard Greenblatt – her partner in the award winning hit play and film, SIBS, to create a new play for the Tarragon theatre based on the theme of CARE, directed by Eda Holmes, as part of the Tarrgon Theatre's Mainstage season.
MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM
Diane played Titania and Theseus in a star-studded all-female version of Midsummer Night's Dream, directed by Kate Lynch, at Theatre Passe Murraille in November 2001. See reviews.
This haunting comedy about a woman who is losing her sight is based on the true story of playwright Alex Bulmer. Diane collaborated on script and starred as the woman who is going through this loss. The play was nominated for a Chalmers award for playwrighting as well as a Dora award. It was directed by Alisa Palmer and produced by Nightwood Theatre at the Tarragon, and then toured to the Neptune Theatre in Halifax. See reviews.
Diane's third hit solo show was directed by Alisa Palmer. It toured across Canada to rave reviews and Diane adapted it for a CBC TV special. This fictional story of a motivational speaker who is pushed in front of a bus in a Random Act of violence explores issues of fate, the meaning behind suffering, love and our faith in cultural gurus. Characters range from 90 year old Sarah, the biblical mother of the Jewish people, to 19 year old Jen, a street kid with interesting insight into randomness. Random Acts was published in an anthology by Playwrights Canada Press.
A two-person play written and performed by Diane Flacks and Richard Greenblatt (of TWO PIANOS, FOUR HANDS fame), directed by Alisa Palmer, produced by the Tarragon Theatre. The play follows the lives of two siblings from babies to old age, as they fight and laugh and annoy each other. Sibs is published by PCP.
BY A THREAD
Diane’s second solo show ran to rave reviews, was nominated for a Dora award, was produced by Factory Theatre and then remounted at the Tarragon, directed by Richard Greenblatt. It also ran twice in New York at the La Mama Theatre. It was published by Playwrights Canada Press, and is still continually being produced world-wide.
Diane’s first solo show, played to universally critical and audience raves. It toured the country and to LA’s HBO studios.
Diane’s first 2-act play, premiered at the Tarragon Theatre in Toronto and went on to play at Yale University.
SELECTED ADDITIONAL THEATRE CREDITS:
The Vagina Monologues by Eve Ensler, The Serpent Woman by Theatre Smith-Glimour, The Anger in Ernest and Ernestine by Theatre Columbus. Diane began her independent theater career as co-founder (with Wendy White and Victoria Ward) of the Feminist Theatre Collective, Empress Productions which became a cult darling of the Toronto alternative theatre scene.
Diane regularly hosts and performs at benefits, fundraisers and workshops in Toronto, and has appeared as a guest speaker for universities, theatre programs, women’s groups, schools, and Toronto’s Hospital for Sick Children as a parent advocate.