Bear With Me

A Side-Splitting, No-holds-barred, Story of a Mom-to-Be!!
Written and Performed by: Diane Flacks
Directed by Kelly Thornton
January 7 - 24, 2009

Mainstage/Toronto Premiere
A Nightwood Theatre Production
Berkeley Street Theatre Upstairs (26 Berkeley Street, just south of Front Street)
January 7 to 24, 2009

I’ve noticed that women tell their birth stories like old men tell their war stories: ‘I was at Vimy ridge when my water broke…’ Bear With Me reminds us of how important it is to keep our sense of humour throughout it all” Bruce McCulloch, Kids in the Hall

Nightwood Theatre was thrilled to present 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 hits Toronto in January 2009 after wildly successful tours at the Grand Theatre (London), the Magnetic North Theatre (National Arts Centre, Ottawa). 

Bear With Me is by women, for women – though the fellas will be in stitches, too.  Conceived for all those veteran moms and moms-to-be, this raucous celebration is for every woman who, at one time in their life after giving birth, will utter the crowning words, “…did I poo?”

In this 85 minute show, Flacks’ dishes her own experiences - including coping with ballooning sci-fi bodies, the dominant JMG (technical term: Jewish Mother Gene), rampant libido-suppressing hormones, Mama-brain, a vegetarian’s craving for liver (served rare) and, of course, the REAL “Ring of Fire”! 

“Diane keeps the crowd howling…”T
he Ottawa Citizen

Written and Performed by: Diane Flacks
Directed by Kelly Thornton

Scenographer: Trevor Schwellnus
Sound Design: Richard Lee


“Flacks’ comic power springs partly from her brilliant mimicry. But she’s also a Nutshell Nietzsche, a mordant philosopher who deploys her wit like an intellectual laser beam.”
The Toronto Star

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