Martin Dockery’s one-man storytelling extravaganza, The Bike Trip, is all hands and voice.
His rubbery fingers fling about the stage, shaping this word, emphasizing that one. Meanwhile, he talks and talks, faster and faster, until suddenly the stream of consciousness stops, then heads off in a new direction.
Last year, Dockery’s Wanderlust was all about the awards — Winnipeg’s best of fest, Orlando’s best in venue, New York’s audience choice — so expectations are high this year. You might fret hands and voice alone — well, almost alone, as Dockery shares the stage with just a chair, a juice bottle and some clever lighting — can’t cut it.
The Brooklyn monologist mesmerizes in this re-creation of the world’s first ever acid trip by Dr. Albert Hofmann, the chemist who discovered LSD, and his bike ride home from his Swiss laboratory.
— Julie Carl
From the official Fringe Festival guide:
From the creator of Wanderlust (2009 Best of Fest) comes one man’s comic, breathtaking quest to understand the psychedelic experience by recreating history’s very first acid trip.
"Dockery's gifts border on the supernatural" – nytheatre.com
"Punch lines that come out of nowhere" – TheatreIsEasy.com
"Crackles with energy" – Cultural Capitol Praise for Wanderlust
4 1/2 STARS - Winnipeg Sun
5 STARS - CBC
RECOMMENDED: General Audience
Canwest Centre for Theatre and Film (Venue 12), to July 25