Friday, October 9, 2009

"If my life wasn't funny, it would have to be true"

After not having been to the theatre in the first several months since moving here, we have now seen our 3rd show in 2 weeks. However, this one is set apart from the others because it was Opening Night.  This meant the red carpet was rolled out, the paparazzi had us pose, and diet cokes were $4.50.

Wishful Drinking is Carrie Fisher's one woman show based on her own life, after her memoir of the same title. The show is a dark comedy that covers a wide range of topics including hollywood inbreeding, her diagnosed manic depressive disorder, alcoholism, divorce, death, and of course Star Wars.

Carrie Fisher opens the show singing 'Happy Days are Here Again', throwing glitter on the patrons seated in the front row, all while negative tabloid headlines are broadcasted on the screen behind her. Making fun of the 'tragedy' was definitely the common theme.  The wardrobe department also did not have to stretch with this show as her dress for the entire evening comprised of pajamas, a robe, and slippers.

Something else not to be overlooked is that the show is playing at Studio 54, which itself holds a lot of history. So, to sum it up - free opening night tickets to a Broadway show staring Princess Leia at Studio 54.  It could not have scripted better.  Well, i should have walked away when they said $4.50 for a coke, but other than that...

(since there is no photography allowed during the show, this picture has been borrowed from Jan Marcus via Broadway World)


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