Review of Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots, music by The Flaming Lips
When you first hear Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots, you think sci-fi, action, and you would be right? sort of………………
I recently had the opportunity to see Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots in it’s world debut at the La Jolla Playhouse in California. It started on November 6th and runs through December 16th 2012.
Obviously the title of this play sucked me in like a tractor beam, but then I saw that The Flaming Lips did the music! That was enough to buy the tickets. I did more research, but could not find much on this play/musical. So I went in with an unadulterated mindset. With no to little expectations, other than I wanted it to be worth the money I spent on the tickets, Yoshimi was amystery from the start.
When I got to the La Jolla Playhouse, which is a great venue by the way, I thought I would “probe” some of the ushers and the sales people for information. They all got super excited immediately, and I even learned that the typical play memorabilia was going fast and the soundtrack was already sold out with a month left to go. I was intrigued, but after walking in and seeing the amazing 3D earth suspended in mid air I too was now excited.
The play was amazing! The music from The Flaming Lips was incredible, obviously, but the way it was done in the play made it even better. I don’t want to give everything away, but yes, there were robots, giant robots, and fight seens that were everything a geek could want. On the flip side, yes this is a play and a musical. So is it non stop sci-fi, no. There is of course a love triangle, and a greater subject matter, a serious one in fact, cancer. Yes, there was a serious message and social issue here. Game over, right? No. Whether you’re a young geekster or a mature, dare we say it, non-geekster, Yoshimi will not dissapoint. The plot was serious, but done very well, especially with the music tying in. Also, this has to be the most technologically advanced play ever, I definitely want to see it again, lots of lights, action, and robots!
So, if you can get over to the La Jolla Playhouse and go see Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots this weekend. If you can’t make it I’m sure it will be traveling soon or even on Broadway!