Wishful Drinking BROADWAY REVIEWS

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Opening Night:
October 4, 2009
Closing:
January 17, 2010

Theater: Studio 54 / 254 West 54th Street, New York, NY, 10019

Synopsis: 

In Wishful Drinking, Carrie Fisher recounts the true and intoxicating tale of her life as a Hollywood legend, told with the same wry wit she poured into bestsellers like Postcards from the Edge. The daughter of Eddie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds, Carrie Fisher became a cultural icon when she starred as "Princess Leia" in the first Star Wars trilogy at 19 years old. Forever changed, Carrie’s life did not stay picture perfect. Fisher is the life of the party in this uproarious and sobering look at her Hollywood hangover.

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  • NEW YORK TIMES REVIEW OF Wishful Drinking

    Just Me and My Celebrity Shadows

    Ben Brantley

    October 5, 2009: You have probably wondered what it would be like to walk a mile (or a light-year) in the hair coils of Princess Leia, the intergalactic pinup girl from the original “Star Wars” movies. O.K., so you haven’t.

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  • ASSOCIATED PRESS REVIEW OF Wishful Drinking

    Confession may be good for the soul, but does it make for good theater? Yes, indeed. Especially when the author and star is Carrie Fisher, daughter of showbiz royalty, "Star Wars" icon, manic-depressive, alcoholic and astute observer of the Hollywood scene.

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  • USA TODAY REVIEW OF Wishful Drinking

    We don't know each other that well yet," Carrie Fisher tells the audience at the start of her one-woman show, Wishful Drinking. "But I promise you that is going to change drastically, until some of you might actually feel the need to divorce me.

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  • VARIETY REVIEW OF Wishful Drinking

    Helen Lawson brayed in "Valley of the Dolls" that "Broadway doesn't go for boo-ooze and dope." Too bad Carrie Fisher appears to have taken that edict seriously, because her otherwise winning and frequently hilarious solo show, "Wishful Drinking," could use a little more time at self-sabotaging rock bottom. Instead, she delivers selective candor without vulnerability. Fisher is likable, acerbic, clever and wryly forthcoming about the warped reality of life in the celebrity bubble, but her stage memoir is a journey to self-knowledge that rushes through the bumpiest part of the trip -- the addiction years -- always en route to the punchline..

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  • BACKSTAGE REVIEW OF Wishful Drinking

    "If my life wasn't funny, it would have to be true," declares Carrie Fisher during her solo piece "Wishful Drinking," an irreverent memoir which is both funny and true. The show is a combination stand-up act and slumber party.

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