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Review of Carrie Fisher's Stage Show "Wishful Drinking"

  • Nov 12, 2009
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 Hollywood Dating, Drugs & Blow Up Dolls.

A couple weeks back I wrote about  what a bad ass Carrie Fisher is on my blog? You remember her, Princess Leia?
 
Well, in case you are not aware, she's been touring the country doing a one woman show called "Wishful Drinking" wherein she talks candidly & with great humor about the very crazy life she has led. CF is openly a recovering addict and suffers from bipolar disorder.
 
If she wasn't such a witty person with the right attitude of her (could be seen as) majorly messed up life, the show would be tragic instead of funny with dark
under currents.
 
One of the most interesting bits was when she pulled out a large white board with photos taped all over it - sorta a marriage and family tree of her Hollywood pedigree. She systematically went through the messed up relationships of her parents, and step parents. Her parents being Eddie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds. She pointed out how her parents were the golden couple of their era, kinda like when Brad (Pitt) and Jen (Anniston) were together. Then she went into how her dad, Eddie, left her mom for her mom's best friend, Elizabeth Taylor. She compared it to the modern day, Brad, Jen & Angelina situation. (so much more to it, but you gotta go see the show!!!)
 
In talking about critics who have recently panned her looks and compared her appearance to Elton John, she took it all in stride. Pointing out that she was "hot" when she was supposed to be hot, her 20's 30's and even early 40's. And, to those that poo poo her weight gain, she points out that she is a failed anorexic (rare for women in Hollywood).
 
Ultimately, woven into the humor, her's is a message of survival. She bobs and weaves through the performance juggling emotions from raw & sentimental, to downright hilarious. She lets her audience know it's ok to laugh at the tragedies she has endured - including multiple rehab stints, mental institutions, a messed up childhood and family, addiction, bi polar disorder, a gay husband, dying friends etc., that she can survive it all because she accepts the cards she's dealt, and even more because she has learned to have a sense of humor about it all.
 
The show was funny, but it was deeper than that because of the over arching message about survival and the importance of HUMOR in the wake of hardship. I walked away from the show with a deep admiration, respect and reaching curiosity about Carrie Fisher.


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November 12, 2009
I'd always wondered about this show after seeing ads. Glad to see it on Lunch! Do you know how old she is now?
 
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