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Toronto: Diane Flacks’s “GUILT (A Love Story)” plays at the Tarragon Theatre February 6 to March 3

Tuesday, January 16, 2024

Mike Payette, Artistic Director of Tarragon Theatre and Managing Director Andrea Vagianos are excited to announce the world premiere of GUILT (A Love Story). The one-woman show, written by Emmy nominee Diane Flacks, runs in the Mainspace from February 6 - March 3, 2024 (opening February 14).

Coming to Tarragon for its world premiere following a lauded workshop appearance at High Performance Rodeo, GUILT (A Love Story) is Flack's fifth solo show - her first in 10 years - and offers a return to her celebrated comic style that is as funny as it is wrought with guilt. In it, she offers up her most autobiographical work to-date, a relatable reflection of being submerged in the long, lingering, uncomfortable feelings of guilt she experienced after ending her marriage. With GUILT, Flacks offers audiences the chance to dig deeper into the emotion with her, exploring the struggle and the comedy that can be found in our feelings of guilt and the acute awareness that she has caused others pain.

Is guilt productive, or would it be better to be shameless and forgo the idea of accountability? Are people - especially parents - even capable of living without feelings of guilt? Audiences will be able to join in Flacks’ inner dialogue - laughing, pondering and grappling with this most long standing of emotions.

“What happens when you take that ever-present feeling of guilt and match that with the effervescence of comedy?” asks Artistic Director Mike Payette. “You get an insightful glimpse at humanity, penned and performed by the brilliance of Diane Flacks’ signature style. We’re so excited to welcome Diane back to her theatre home at the Tarragon, embracing the strange things we hold onto when life gives us lemons.”

Guilt (A Love Story) is written and performed by Diane Flacks (Tarragon’s Waiting Room). GUILT (A Love Story) features choreography and intimacy coordination by Rebecca Harper (National Theatre School of Canada’s Director of Movement), set and costume design by Jung-Hye Kim (Tarragon’s If We Were Birds), lighting design by Leigh Ann Vardy (Tarragon debut, The Theatre Centre/The SLOM Collective’s Secret Life of a Mother) and sound design by Deanna H Choi (Tarragon’s Cockroach). With direction from Alisa Palmer (Tarragon’s Sibs).

A sneak preview of the work-in-progress GUILT originally appeared at Tarragon’s 50th Birthday Bash in 2022 to incredible excitement, and is now returning to Tarragon in its fully realized form.

GUILT (A Love Story) runs in the Mainspace, February 6 - March 3, 2024, opening February 14. Guilt: A Love Story was developed by Mything Inc, with support from the Canada Arts Council, Tarragon Theatre (Toronto, ON) and One Yellow Rabbit (Calgary, AB), which presented a limited run workshop production in 2022. Following its premiere run in Toronto, GUILT(A Love Story) will appear at Centaur Theatre in Montreal, and Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre in Winnipeg.

Single Tickets range from $15 - $65 and can be purchased online at, or by phone at 416-531-1827. Discounts are available for students, groups and arts workers. Contact the box office for more information.

Rush tickets are sold for $25, by phone, in person or online via starting 3 hours before the performance. Rush tickets are subject to availability.