Monday, August 17, 2009

Broadway Preview: Wishful Drinking

Broadway Preview: Wishful Drinking

From a post-traumatic galaxy, far far away (or at least as far as a Beverly Hills ranch home) comes perhaps the 2009-10 Theatrical Season's most unlikely entrant: Carrie Fisher's Wishful Drinking.

As if to prove she can never quite shed her Princess Leia persona, Fisher uses that imagery to great effect with her one woman show. Witness the cover to her 2008 memoir (left), which is also being used by the Roundabout Theatre Company to promote Wishful Drinking.

While you might think that this theatrical piece had its origins in the December 2006 world premiere at the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles, Fisher herself might argue that one can really trace its beginnings to the role from the Star Wars stint that made hers a household name. Her downward spiral into addiction and depression -- along with her relationships with her famous parents Debbie Reynolds and Eddie Fisher -- became the stuff of legends, thanks in part to her semi-autobiographical book-turned-film "Postcards From The Edge."

Fisher herself once remarked, "If my life weren’t funny, it would just be true. And that would be unacceptable." Will Broadway audiences accept funny Fisher with open arms? The wishful thinking begins at Studio 54 on September 22 and runs through January 3, 2010.

This is Steve On Broadway (SOB).

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