Authors Articles by Sam Tweedle

Articles by Sam Tweedle

Sam Tweedle
283 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.
Written in 1919 by French Dadaist writer and artist Georges Ribemont-Dessaignes, "The Mute Canary" is directed by Ryan Kerr and features (from left to right) Matt Gilbert as Riquet, Kate Story as Barate, and Dan Smith as Ochre. The play runs for three performances at The Theatre On King in downtown Peterborough from January 17 to 19, 2019. (Photo: Andy Carroll)

Century-old play ‘A Mute Canary’ still resonates in today’s political climate

Avant-garde production runs at The Theatre On King in downtown Peterborough January 17 to 19.
Documentaries have experienced a resurgence at the box office and on streaming services like Netflix, and ReFrame Film Festival is presenting 70 short and feature-length documentary films at the 15th annual festival from January 24-27, 2019 in downtown Peterborough. The final film screening at the festival is "Last Beer at the Pig's Ear", a passionate tribute to the 152-year old legendary Peterborough tavern that closed for good in 2017. (Photo: Wayne Eardley)

Experience the resurgence of the documentary at ReFrame Film Festival

Seven docs you won't want to miss at the 15th annual film festival running January 24 to 27 in downtown Peterborough.
Grace Thompson as 15-year-old Serena with Cynthia Ashperger as her mom Ramona in Judith Thompson's play "Who Killed Snow White?" at the Winslow Farm in Millbrook. The controversial departure from 4th Line Theatre's usual historical fare was one of the best theatrical productions of 2018 according to kawarthaNOW's theatre reviewer Sam Tweedle. (Photo: Heather Doughty /

The best in theatre in Peterborough and The Kawarthas in 2018

kawarthaNOW's theatre reviewer Sam Tweedle's top picks and shout-outs to the theatre community.
In "The Other: A Strange Christmas Tale", Leanne (Jalen Brink, left) is the daughter of Bill (Danny Waugh, second from left) and Judy (Naomi Duvall, right), who is estranged from her bigoted father Ebbie Krank (Robert Winslow, second from right). When a mysterious woman arrives in the Village of Millbrook, Ebbie is taken on a journey through his past, present, and future to understand the causes of his racism. (Photo: Wayne Eardley, Brookside Studio)

Christmas play takes audiences on a walk through the streets and history of Millbrook

4th Line Theatre's production of Beverley Cooper's 'The Other: A Strange Christmas Tale' runs until December 14.
Alice the Camel with Toronto actor Armon Ghaeinizadeh, who plays Ali Baba, at a reherasal of "Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves", Globus Theatre's family panto version of the classic Middle Eastern folk tale. Written by Sarah Quick and also starring Sarah, James Barrett, Siobhan O'Malley, and a rotating cast of 50 children, the play runs from December 7 to 16, 2018 at the Lakeview Arts Barn in Bobcaygeon. (Photo: Sam Tweedle /

Globus Theatre’s annual family panto returns with ‘Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves’

Original production at Lakeview Arts Barn in Bobcaygeon runs from December 7 to 16.
In "Appropriate Audience Behaviour", Ashley (Emma Meinhardt, front left) and Carol (Sam Weatherdon, front right) are two high school students trying to enjoy a performance of Hamlet despite the distractions created by fellow audience members including a patronizing Shakespeare snob (Kelsey Gordon Powell, front centre). Also pictured are Andrew Root, Sheila Carleton, and Nathan Govier. The production runs from November 29 to December 1, 2018 at The Theatre On King in downtown Peterborough. (Photo: Andy Carroll)

Clever play pokes fun at annoying people in audiences

'Appropriate Audience Behaviour' runs November 29 to December 1 at The Theatre on King in downtown Peterborough.
Actors Steven Gallagher and Juan Chioran, who performed in the original 2009 Toronto production of "A New Brain" produced by The Musical Stage Company, will be reprising their roles in the New Stages' concert version of William Finn's autobiographical musical at the Market Hall in Peterborough on December 1, 2018. Other performers include veterans of the Stratford, Shaw, and Toronto stages along with some Peterborough favourites. (Publicity photos)

Stratford and Shaw veterans join Peterborough performers to sing songs from ‘A New Brain’

New Stages presents a concert version of William Fenn's autobiographical musical at the Market Hall on December 1.
Lakefield College School's production of "Mamma Mia!" is a showcase for the huge talent of Catherine Kim in the leading role of Donna Sheridan. The jukebox musical featuring the hits of Swedish pop supergroup Abba runs from November 27 to December 1 at the Bryan Jones Theatre at Lakefield College School. Performances are free for the public. (Photo: Sara Connelly / SC Photography)

Take a chance on Lakefield College School’s rousing production of ‘Mamma Mia!’

Jukebox musical of Abba songs runs November 27 to December 1 at Bryan Jones Theatre in Lakefield.
The cast of Lindsay Little Theatre's production of Ann-Marie MacDonald's comedy "Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet)", where a downtrodden assistant professor struggling to complete her doctorate enters the world of Shakespeare's "Othello" and "Romeo and Juliet". The play runs from November 16 to 25 in Lindsay. (Photo: Shannon Peters Bain)

Lindsay Little Theatre tackles clever Shakespearean spoof ‘Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet)’

Production of Ann-Marie MacDonald's award-winning feminist comedy runs November 16 to 25 in Lindsay.
The unlikely trio of "Shrek: The Musical": Elizabeth Moody as Princess Fiona, Rowan Lamoureaux as Shrek, and Lindsay Barr as Donkey. The St. James Players production of the Tony-nominated musical runs from November 8 to 17 at Showplace Performance Centre in downtown Peterborough. (Photo: Sam Tweedle /

Charming and fun ‘Shrek: The Musical’ contains uplifting message of unity and acceptance

St. James Players family-friendly production runs November 9 to 17 at Showplace in Peterborough.

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