Carrie Fisher in Wishful Drinking
Seattle Repertory Theatre
April 2 – May 3, 2009
It goes without saying that Carrie Fisher has influenced, in all likelihood, every person who reads this review. In some way or another she has touched our lives. Whether we are the twenty-year-old gamer/geek who can recite every word of the original three Star Wars films (but not the new three because they are the untouchable ones) or the fifty-some who can remember the stories in the paper about Fisher’s parents and her own addiction problems, Carrie Fisher is in all our lives. Now for the next month, she can be directly in each and every one of your lives for two hours!
Carrie Fisher. Photo by Kevin Berne.
Wishful Drinking is a collection of stories from Fisher’s life drawn largely from her books, Postcards from the Edge, Delusions of Grandma, Surrender to Pink, and The Best Awful. Her two hour performance is more a standup routine than autobiography or performance piece. Her interactions with the audience are beautifully timed and her improvisation at the audience’s reactions and her own antics are stunning. As a begrudgingly self-proclaimed “Survivor,” Carrie Fisher lays down the law about what’s really important in life and how to laugh away the confusion and despair that life can often entail.
It is every nerd’s dream to share the air with Princess Leia and for two hours, this geek fulfilled his wishes. Whether you love the bun hair or are a fan by contact through her father’s music or her mother’s films, this show is a beautiful reminder - from one of the most recognizable Pez-heads we know - just what the important things in life really are.
Review by Nigel Andrews