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Monday, June 13, 2011

Review: Chipmunks Ate My Bike (Fringe 2011)

Reviewed by Valerie Cardinal

Chipmunks Ate My Bike is the sweet story of how a father and daughter undertook a crazy bicycle journey from Yellowknife to Vancouver. That’s 3,000 kilometres. By bicycle. Kevin Kennedy’s story is already an amazing one, and one that is interesting to hear. Kennedy recounts how he and his fifteen-year-old daughter encountered sandhill cranes, mountain range after mountain range, huge trucks, long tunnels, sore butts, the titular chipmunks and more.

While it’s a great story, the one-man show wears out its welcome a little and feels like it goes too long. Chipmunks Ate My Bike is essentially just Kennedy, walking around the stage and telling you a story with a few harmonica interludes. I found myself thinking what it would be like to have both points of view instead of just one.

However, Kennedy’s story almost made me want to undertake my own bicycle journey. With the heavy rains hitting the roof throughout the show, it felt very cozy to sit in a theatre with the few people who made it outside and listen to a long, winding tale.

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