Elizabeth Salaam 12:06 p.m., May 21
Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots
This may be the world's first social media musical. Technology abounds (San Diego's never seen such spectacular effects). But beneath the pyrotechnics and pseudo-profundity about living and dying, the story's as thin as a text message. The pink robots are Yoshimi's white cells before cancer struck the young Japanese American artist. She battles them literally and metaphorically. But we learn next to nothing about her — and how she turns herself '"inside-out" — or the other characters, even though the cast, led by Kimiko Glenn's Yoshimi, is top-shelf. Though the book needs much rethinking, the visuals — Yoshimi doing aerial dogfights with robots, Basil Twist's 14-foot, Avatar-like being — are a sight to behold
Worth a try.
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