The new musical at La Jolla Playhouse—and its robots—light up the stage
LaMae Capares as “Karate Girl” with robots in La Jolla Playhouse’s world-premiere production of YOSHIMI BATTLES THE PINK ROBOTS.
There was a palpable excitement in the air on opening night of Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots, a new world-premiere musical at La Jolla Playhouse based on the music of the Flaming Lips. Maybe it was the space-age music playing in the theater before curtain—or that the Lips were rumored to be in the house. But I had chills. And they didn’t go away until the end of Act 2.
A few things I loved:
- The set design, especially the spinning 3-D planet in lieu of a curtain, and the heartbeat and stock tickers that moved in rhythm with the percussion.
- The flying, dancing, and singing robots. Absolutely electric. The visual effects in one of the first act battle sequences will blow your mind.
- Yoshimi’s drop-kick jiu jitsu-ish moves. She is seriously bad-A!
- The theme song, by the Flaming Lips, from their 2002 album entitled Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots. “Yoshimi! Yoshimi!” (In three-part harmony, of course.) I can’t get it out of my head.
- The subject matter. Fair warning: It’s a cancer story, so it’s very sad, but dealt with in a way that feels appropriate and emotionally charged. In this regard, it feels like a budding Rent.
I could go on, but instead, here’s what the critics are saying:
In short, make like Yoshimi and drop kick your way through the box office crowd to get tickets. Shows are selling out fast!