Six years after their terrific two-hander, Sibs, premiered at the Tarragon, Diane Flacks (By A Thread) and Richard Greenblatt (2 Pianos, 4 Hands) are at it again. And do we care? Absolutely. Care, after all, is the title of their new comedy/drama about a couple trying to deal with a new baby, demanding jobs and a sick parent. No doubt Flacks's new motherhood contributed a bon mot or two to the script. The Care-giving begins Tuesday (April 25) when the show opens. See Openings for details.
Diane's now a mom. How has that changed your collaboration? Flacks: I'm not so freaked out now by Richard's diaper. Greenblatt: I'm not the most important baby in her life.
Your last play together was Sibs. This one is called Care. What's your next monosyllabic title going to be? Flacks: Oy! Greenblatt: Hunh?
Does the expression "Take care" mean more to you now? Flacks: Only when followed by "... on the road." Greenblatt: Only when we say it to other theatre companies.
If the walls of the Tarragon rehearsal hall could talk, what would they say? Flacks: "Show us your tits." Greenblatt: "Why are they yelling so much?"
... and what would you say back? Flacks: "I am showing them!" Greenblatt: "Shut up!"
Richard, any piano-playing during breaks? Greenblatt: You couldn't pay me enough. On second thought....
Diane, opinions? Flacks: Does Richard play piano? Cool.
The future of public healthcare: thoughts? Flacks: "Show us your tits." Greenblatt: I hope there is a future.
Message for Stephen Harper? Flacks: Please explain to me exactly how my marriage to my same-sex partner impacts in any way at all on the lives of my 20 neighbours." Greenblatt: Care, you asshole!"
What do you want people to talk about after seeing Care? Flacks: The existence (or not) of a divine caretaker. Greenblatt: "Aren't they a good-looking couple?"
What do you think they'll really be talking about? Flacks: See Richard's answer above. Greenblatt: "I'm confused. I thought they were sibs."