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Wishful Drinking

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Reviewed by Paula Citron
July 25, 2011

Wishful Drinking
Mirvish Productions
Written and performed by Carrie Fisher
Directed by Tony Taccone
Royal Alexandra Theatre
Jul. 12 to Aug. 21, 2011

If you laugh at yourself, you’ll become a survivor. That’s the main message from Carrie Fisher’s solo show Wishful Drinking.

Fisher is the daughter of actress Debbie Reynolds and singer Eddie Fisher. At age 19 she became an icon performing Princess Leia in the Star Wars movies. The down side to her celebrity is alcoholism and bipolar disease.

Her show is a let-it-all-hang-out personal memory tour accompanied by appropriate slide projections. She begins with her complicated lineage involving the many marriages of her parents, and the resulting siblings, half-siblings and step-siblings. From there it is all downhill.

Fisher has a dry wit and a wonderful turn of phrase. For example, “Celebrity is obscurity biding its time,” or, “Good anecdote, bad reality.” It’s the cleverness of the text which saves her sordid tale from self-indulgence.

Fisher treats the audience as a warm friend and it’s impossible not to respond in kind.

Wishful Drinking continues at the Royal Alexandra Theatre until Aug. 21.

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