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Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Chinese Chekhov Out, Carrie Fisher In

posted by on July 23 at 11:36 AM


For next April, the Rep has replaced A Winter People (an adaptation of The Cherry Orchard set in revolutionary China) with Wishful Drinking, Carrie Fisher’s autobiographical solo show.

(Despite the best efforts of Mike Daisey, Allen Johnson, and Lauren Weedman, the words “autobiographical solo show” always make me a little queasy. Still, hope springs eternal.)

From the press release:

Carrie Fisher is the life of the party in Wishful Drinking. Onstage, she recounts her true and intoxicating story with the same strong, wry wit that she poured into bestsellers like Postcards from the Edge. Born to celebrity parents Eddie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds, Carrie lands among the stars when she’s picked to play a princess in a little movie called Star Wars. But it isn’t all sweetness and light sabers. As a single mom, she also battles addiction, depression, mental institutions, and that awful hyperspace hairdo. It’s an hilarious [sic] take on an incredible tale - from having Elizabeth Taylor as a stepmother, to wedding (and shedding) Paul Simon, from having the father of her baby leave her for a man, to waking up one morning and finding a friend dead beside her in bed. Don’t miss this outrageous chance to get ‘Carried’ away.

Wocka, wocka, wocka!

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I know you shouldn't judge a show from a publicity shot, but that looks pretty terrible.

Posted by boxofbirds | July 23, 2008 11:56 AM

I saw it in Berkeley and found it mostly enjoyable. Still, some did leave at intermission.

Will she get away with smoking clove cigs on stage up there?

Posted by Mike | July 23, 2008 12:01 PM

I'm only going if she puts her hair up in those giant Princess Leia cinnamon buns on each side of her head.

Posted by Wishful Thinking | July 23, 2008 12:05 PM

Eh. Sandra Tsing Loh's show at the Rep was all right.

Posted by Greg | July 23, 2008 12:09 PM

OMG I have GOT to get tickets.

Posted by JenK | July 23, 2008 12:54 PM

You got dirty laundry? That's what laundromats are for! This bottom-feeding gak is ridiculous. I agree with WT@3: I want to see the cinnamon-bun hairdo.

Posted by Karlheinz Arschbomber | July 23, 2008 12:57 PM

People smoke on stage all the time...they were smoking up a storm when they did The Women last fall at A.C.T...

Posted by michael strangeways | July 23, 2008 1:00 PM

She is an AMAZING speaker. One of those people who just captures you from the moment she starts talking. It's a must-see show.

Posted by mattymatt | July 23, 2008 1:34 PM

Wow, this sounds like a knee-slapping laugh-riot, alright.

Although, given the average age of a Rep subscriber, finding out what to do when you wake up next to a corpse could actually have some educational value.

Posted by COMTE | July 23, 2008 1:57 PM

I'm totally going.

And @4, I used to love her when she did stuff on KCRW in LA, but now she kind of grates on me...

Posted by Jubilation T. Cornball | July 23, 2008 2:03 PM

Comte wins!

Posted by David Schmader | July 23, 2008 2:40 PM

And on March 28-29 @ McCaw Hall, you'll have an opportunity to compare and contrast Princess Leia with her mother, Debbie Reynolds, who's appearing with Seattle Men's Chorus. In the meantime, here's an offering from Carrie:

Posted by RHETT ORACLE | July 23, 2008 3:18 PM

Wait. Why does [sic] appear after hilarious? It's a totally proper use of an. Well, if you speak English.

Posted by elm | July 23, 2008 3:24 PM

Good grief, the comedian's a bear!!

Posted by CP | July 23, 2008 6:33 PM

I love my old audiobook tapes of her reading from her early tomes.

Posted by MarkyMark | July 23, 2008 9:25 PM

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