(from left) Ari Cohen, Jenny Young & Warona Setshwaelo. Photo credit: Cylla von Tiedemann

Waiting Room

By Diane Flacks

What are you willing to risk to save a life?

A doctor embarks on a ground-breaking medical experiment despite the objections of his colleagues. Meanwhile, a couple are torn about whether the doctor has what it takes to save their baby. This is a play about life in the waiting room of a major children’s hospital. This is a play about medical compassion and risk. This is a play about families who find the will to keep going. This is a play about the needs of the heart and the extremes of medicine. This is a play about breaking the rules. This is a play about hope.

★★★ out of 4: Deeply personal; (Flacks) definitely knows of what she writes…sharp detail

The Globe and MailJ. Kelly Nestruck

★★★ out of 4: Wonderfully acted; tragic authenticity

Toronto StarCarly Maga

NNN: Totally honest and touching; often powerful. (Flacks & Greenblatt) weave tales together skillfully

NOW MagazineJon Kaplan

An amazing piece of theatre; I cannot recommend this play enough

Post City Magazine

I was entirely absorbed; I cannot imagine that anyone would be unmoved by the scenarios and relationships depicted in Waiting Room.

Mooney On TheatreDorianne Emmerton

Production Details

2 Male

4 Female

130 minutes (including intermission)

By Diane Flacks

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Production History

  • Premiered at Tarragon Theatre in January 2015 under the direction of Richard Greenblatt.

  • Published by Playwrights Canada Press, 2016

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