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Chipmunks Ate my Bike

Duqamuq Produqtions, Masset, BC

Posted: 07/7/2011 9:43 PM | Comments: 0

Last Modified: 07/13/2011 10:54 AM | Updates

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Red River College (Venue 11), to July 23

Despite the curiosity generated by the title and the odd opening in which writer/monologist Kevin Kennedy appears on stage screeching loudly like a sandhill crane, Chipmunks Ate My Bike is a true feel-good story about how far a father will go to bond with his teenage daughter. In Kennedy’s case, it’s a long way — 3,000 kilometres, the distance to travel from Yellowknife to Vancouver by bicycle.

Kennedy wants one last summer with his daughter Martin, who is really named after actor Martin Balsam, not the purple martin bird, as his wife was made to believe. As an environmentalist worried about his carbon footprint, Kennedy concludes the only road trip that makes green sense is on two wheels.

The hour-long chronicle of their pedal is in an easy gear. Neither Bike Man nor Cycle Girl is physically equipped for such an arduous trek, but their tandem power, generated by not wanting to let the other down, sees them through 3,088 kilometres in 41 days. The ponytailed Kennedy is good at communicating the pride and fear of a dad who must let his baby girl free to navigate the ups and downs of the long road ahead.

-- Kevin Prokosh

 

From the official Fringe Festival program:

Girl power vs. Dad power! A father joins his 15-year-old daughter on a 3,000 km bicycle ride from Yellowknife to Vancouver. A funny and touching true story from the father's point of view.

Recommended For: General Audience

Length: 60 MIN

Tickets: $8

Discount Tickets: $6 People who arrive on bikes

Warnings: Language

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Updated on Wednesday, July 13, 2011 at 10:54 AM CDT: Adds review

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