See it if you have young children. The intimate theater allows for audience participation & individual interactions. Imaginative fun songs and setting
Don't see it if you are looking for strong plot or complex character.
See it if You want a fun show for the whole family. You want very good music w/a Caribbean twist. You enjoy audience participation.
Don't see it if You don't like children's shows. You don't want children in the audience.
"Using song, dance, and story elements, 'Yaki Yim Bamboo' aims to portray daily aspects of Caribbean culture...While the actors all performed ably, it seems a missed opportunity that there were no authentic Caribbean accents among the cast...The caricatured dialects quickly wear out their welcome...Although my four-year-old daughter couldn’t recount the main conflict or other plot elements, this did not impede her enjoyment...The songs in 'Yaki Yim Bamboo' are delightful."
"This musical gives a glimpse of life in the Caribbean, and it allows the use of imagination where all of our dreams can come to fruition. The audience gets the opportunity to go beyond its boundary, and it creates another world to explore in terms of culture. The writer’s message resonates with the audience in the portrayal of culture, geography, and zoology. In addition, he addresses the emotional side of life where some children refuses to grow up."
"Fred Rohan-Varga’s endeavor of love is an enchanting delight and certainly much more entertaining than I thought possible for an old fogey like myself...'Yaki Yim Bamboo' is enchanting, funny and a very charismatic show that proves to strike gold by interacting with the audience...I really enjoyed it and left wondering what Disney would do with a tale like this. Why isn’t Mr. Roha-Vargas and company pitching this to a major studio?"
"The creators of the musical can take a bow for staging a production that easily seeps into everyone’s consciousness, no matter what age. The story is strong, and its use of music, puppetry, and movement, merged with a hybrid mash-up of Afro-Caribbean aesthetics make for a beautiful theatrical event...Please take your children to see this, their response and participation were the best part of the entire island, it was indeed made for them."