Authors Articles by Sam Tweedle

Articles by Sam Tweedle

Sam Tweedle
225 Articles
Since 2013, Sam Tweedle has been writing as an arts and culture journalist for kawarthaNOW, with special attention to Peterborough's theatrical community. However, his career as an arts writer goes back further via his website Confessions of a Pop Culture Addict where Sam has interviewed some of the entertainment world's most notable and beloved entertainers. Sam's pop culture writing has been featured in The New York Times, Newsweek, The National Post,, Filmfax Magazine and The New Yorker. You can follow Sam on Instagram at sam_tweedle_z where he posts about his four greatest loves: cats, comic books, movies, and records. Sam no longer uses Twitter because, as far as he's concerned, it's no longer a thing.
Kate Story and Lindsay Unterlander as sisters and live-in maids Solange and Claire in an erotic role-playing scene from French playwright Jean Genet's 1947 play "The Maids". The play, which runs January 18 to 20 at The Theatre on King in downtown Peterborough, is based on a 1933 murder case in France where two sisters brutally murdered their employer's wife and adult daughter. (Photo: Andy Carroll)

‘The Maids’ is a provocative exploration of dominance and class conflict

Jean Genet's play based on infamous 1933 French murder case runs at The Theatre on King in downtown Peterborough January 18 to 20.
As a child growing up in the Philippines, filmmaker Lester Alfonso was often blamed for his family's misfortunes because of a Filipino superstition that a birthmark on the buttocks is bad luck. He is premiering his documentary "Birthmark", which explores his troubled relationship with his own birthmark and the stories of other people and their birthmarks, at the ReFrame Film Festival in downtown Peterborough on January 28. (Photo: Wayne Eardley)

Peterborough filmmaker Lester Alfonso about to premiere ‘Birthmark’ at ReFrame Film Festival

Long-awaited documentary screens at Showplace Performance Centre in downtown Peterborough on January 28.
In "7 Stories", a man stands on the ledge of a building contemplating suicide while an oddball cast of characters speaks to him through apartment windows. Pictured are Kelsey Morewood as Leonard, Lori Branch as Jennifer, and Drew Mills as The Man in Anne Shirley Theatre Company's production of Morris Panych's black comedy. (Photo: Sam Tweedle /

Living on the ledge: a review of ‘7 Stories’

Anne Shirley Theatre Company production of Morris Panych's black comedy runs January 12 to 20 at the Gordon Best Theatre in Peterborough.
"An absolute triumph". kawarthaNOW's theatre reviewer Sam Tweedle says the best musical of 2017 was the St. James Players production of "Mary Poppins", starring Gillian Harknett and Warren Sweeting in the lead roles of Mary and Burt. (Photo: Sam Tweedle /

The best theatre in Peterborough and The Kawarthas in 2017

kawarthaNOW's theatre reviewer Sam Tweedle's top show picks and shout-outs to the theatre community.
Kelsey Gordon Powell and Matt Gilbert perform in the titular third act of "Hellhound on my Trail", a dramedy consisting of three interconnected one-act plays at The Theatre on King in downtown Peterborough until December 16. (Photo: Andy Carroll)

‘Hellhound on My Trail’ is potently relevant in today’s post-Weinstein culture

Denis Johnson's surreal dramedy about power politics runs at The Theatre on King until December 16.
Grace De Mara as Cinderella and Dylan Macdonald as Prince Topher in Thomas A. Stewart Musical Theatre Program's production of Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella, running from Thursday, December 14 to Saturday, December 16 at the Thomas A. Stewart Secondary School auditorium in Peterborough. (Photo: Sam Tweedle /

Rogers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella is a charming modern take on the classic fairy tale

Thomas A. Stewart Musical Theatre Program production runs December 14 to 16 in Peterborough.
Planet 12 Productions director, writer, and co-founder Derek Weatherdon (with his back to the camera) during a kitchen meeting with the company's six talented young performers: Aimee Gordon, Emma Meinhardt, Emily Keller, Abbie Dale, Isaac Maker, and Samuelle Weatherdon. The company is staging a new version of "The Reluctant Dragon" for local schools and will be taking "Boy Wonders" to the Toronto Fringe Festival in 2018. (Photo: Sam Tweedle /

Peterborough’s Planet 12 Productions heading to Toronto Fringe Festival in 2018

Derek and Nikki Weatherdon's company of young actors also staging a new version of 'The Reluctant Dragon' for local schools.
Toronto-based actor Katherine Cappellacci performs as Snow White with Globus artistic director James Barrett as Dame Wobbly Bothem in "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs", a traditional British pantomine for the entire family at Globus Theatre at Lakeview Arts Barn in Bobcaygeon with seven performances from December 9 to 17. (Photo: Sarah Quick)

Enjoy a traditional British panto this holiday season at Globus Theatre

Family-friendly 'Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs' runs from December 9 to 17 at Lakeview Arts Barn in Bobcaygeon
In Kate Story's "Festivus Rattus Rattus 2035!", Brad Brackenridge portrays the greedy mayor of a post-apocalyptic Peterborough. (Photo: Andy Carroll)

The Pied Piper of Peterborough: Kate Story’s new post-apocalyptic play skewers local politics and...

A fitting finale for the Precarious Arts Festival, 'Festivus Rattus Rattus 2035!' runs from November 30 to December 2 at The Theatre On King.
In possibly the best production number in Lakefield College School's "Damn Yankees", running November 28 to December 1, Catherine Kim as Gloria Thorpe performs "Shoeless Joe, From Hannibal, Mo" with the Washington Senators. (Photo: Simon Spivey)

Lakefield College School hits a home run with ‘Damn Yankees’

Free production of classic Broadway musical runs November 28 to December 1 at Bryan Jones Theatre.

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