There’s nothing better than stepping out for an evening to see a play – except when you get to see three plays with the same ticket. Theatre Night in Merrickville (TNIM) is going to delight audiences with just that: a trio of one-act plays, by two local playwrights, that promise something for everyone. The line-up includes Making Friends, by Guy Newsham, where a lonely man alone on a Saturday evening has an insightful and therapeutic discussion with an old friend; The Green Thumb Gang, by Peter Paylor, that follows the hilarious scheming of two “misunderstood” residents from the local retirement home; and The Black Chair, also by Peter Paylor, examining the unique humanity that is the background to every photographed portrait.

This production comes with combined comedic and sentimental tones as members are still feeling the recent loss (in April) of Margaret Shearman, who was instrumental for TNIM and a force for the local theatre community. Margaret was working to reprise her direction of The Black Chair  which she presented at the Eastern Ontario Drama League (EODL) Festival in 2022. TNIM president, Helen Steenburgh, will assume directorial responsibility for this production of the play. Also in the directors’ chairs are Omar Simonyi (for The Green Thumb Gang) and Barry Patrick (for Making Friends). 

Theatregoers should secure their tickets for this show right away as these productions usually sell out fast. Shows will take place at the Merrickville Community Centre, 106 Read Street on May 11, 12, 13 at 7:30pm, and on May 14 at 2:00pm. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased online at or at the door. Inquiries can be directed to [email protected]. TNIM is thankful to Complete Real Estate Pros with local Realtor® partner Kristy Morrison for their sponsorship of this trio of performances.

TNIM runs on enthusiastic volunteers with a passion for acting, directing, stage management and set design, promotion, fund-raising, etc. We are always ready to welcome new members to join in our productions and day-to-day fun. If your interested or curious don’t be shy to contact us! (Helen: [email protected])


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