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Courtney Merchand

Theatre Reviewer


Theatre review: The Last Wife

Courtney Merchand: “This play isn’t your average contractual romance, depicting the trials and tribulations of a modern day marriage. It surpasses that the minute your husband can have you beheaded with the snap of his fingers. There’s a power play at hand between women’s rights, politics and sex.”

Review: Janet Wilson Meets the Queen

In light of the Queen’s 90th birthday, the world premiere of Janet Wilson Meets the Queen, written by Beverly Cooper, was well timed in its debut on the Great Canadian Theatre Company stage. The play centred around Janet Wilson (Marion Day), a typical housewife resurrected from the late-1960s. Having seen Day play a powerhouse mogul […]

Not everything is as it seems with Butcher

The line between justice and revenge isn’t as always defined or easy to follow as we’d like. Who’s to have the final say in what is acceptable and unacceptable when righting a wrong? And when the justice system we hold in such high regard fails us, who’s to deny anyone the opportunity for retribution? Playwright […]

Foodie Friday: Day-to-night with Origin Trade coffee shop & lounge

While Ottawa might not be lacking in the coffee shop department, with a local roastery on every block and a franchise on every corner, you’d think that all our caffeinated dreams have come true. But once you wake up from that inevitable afternoon crash and the clock strikes 7:00 p.m. (9:00 p.m. if you’re lucky) […]

Jake’s Gift a testament to theatre at its finest

“Knock knock.” “Who’s there?” “Isabelle” “Isabelle who?” “Is-a-belle necessary on a bike?” Although humour was neither characters’ strong suit (knock knock jokes turned into an elaborate explanation), their chemistry was palpable and full of playful banter. This slightly somber, albeit completely heartwarming play brought everyone to their feet in a standing ovation. There wasn’t a […]

GCTC presents a pointed political satire for election season

What better city than the nation’s capital and what better time than with a federal election hot on our heels for the Great Canadian Theatre Company (GCTC) to debut their 41st season with Michael Healey’s politically-charged satirical piece, Generous. Healey, an award-winning playwright, is no stranger to stirring up controversy in the theatre scene with […]

#WALK Together, it’s that simple

If you’ve been roaming the streets of downtown, soaking up some of this temperate summer weather in the last couple of weeks, you might have noticed some rather peculiar black-and-white posters taped to utility poles. No fancy pictures. No attention grabbing graphics. Just: #WALK TOGETHER JULY 18TH PARLIAMENT HILL 2:00PM This may have created more […]

Laughter first, yoga second: Through the Gaze of a Navel

Well, it finally happened folks. There I was, bent over in my Downward Dog when Emelia Symington Fedy – the yoga instructor, professional advice giver, self-proclaimed pop psychology expert and witty performer – told the class to “twerk it like you can work it”. I never thought I’d see the day I’d be encouraged to […]

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