The Unbearable Banishment: Princess Leia and her drinking problem

Friday, October 2, 2009

Princess Leia and her drinking problem

I saw Carrie Fisher’s one-woman show, Wishful Drinking. Take a look at that poster. Isn’t that just too funny! Princess Leia passed out with a martini glass and a bunch of pills. Hilarious. Fisher spent many years being tabloid fodder and it’s nice to see her turn all that misfortune and addiction into an entertaining evening for the rest of us.

She starts the segment on her life during and after Star Wars with, “George Lucas ruined my life.” She says this while wearing a ridiculous Princess Leia cinnabon wig.

The best segment of the show is Hollywood Inbreeding 101. It’s a twisted look at her parents, Debbie Reynolds and Eddie Fisher, and the multiple-marriage/multi-generational mess the two of them spawned. It would be funny if it weren’t true. That it is lends a touch of pathos to it and makes me glad I had an ordinary childhood.

My two quibbles is that at 2:15 it could probably use an editor. And the venue, Studio 54, is TOO BIG for an intimate, one woman show. Other than that, it’s a winner.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

this is almost worth an autumn trip to NYC... hmmm.... her family tales would make me feel somewhat fortunate.

October 2, 2009 at 5:09 PM  
Blogger Tennyson ee Hemingway said...

I'd love to see this. I wonder what the chances are for a tour?

October 2, 2009 at 11:24 PM  
Blogger The Unbearable Banishment said...

Daisy: Her family is like your family except they have a shitload of money.

TH: She toured in a few U.S. cities before coming to Broadway, so you never know. If it does show up, you should go. Who couldn't use a laugh?

October 2, 2009 at 11:48 PM  
Blogger Ellie said...

The poster is fantastic!

October 3, 2009 at 1:30 AM  
Blogger Skeeter said...

Hell yeah, sounds interesting to me. I just love a good train wreck!

Best wishes,


October 6, 2009 at 2:43 AM  
Anonymous popomatic jeff said...

I loved the book and am looking forward to seeing the live show. Glad to hear you enjoyed it.

October 6, 2009 at 10:15 AM  

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