Carrie Fisher is the life of the party on Berkeley Repertory
Theatre's 40th birthday with Wishful
Drinking, an uproarious and sobering look at her Hollywood
hangover that runs through March 30 at Berkeley Rep's Roda Theatre. Opening night is
"In Wishful Drinking,
Fisher tells a true and intoxicating story with the strong, wry wit that she
poured into bestsellers like 'Postcards from the Edge.' Born to celebrity
parents, she was picked to play a princess in the original Star Wars when only
19 years old. Alas, aside from a demanding career and her role as a single
mother, Carrie spends her free time battling addiction, weathering the wild
ride of manic depression, and lounging around various mental institutions. It's
an incredible tale – from having Elizabeth Taylor as a stepmother to marrying
(and divorcing) Paul Simon, from having the father of her daughter leave her
for a man to ultimately waking up one morning and finding a friend dead beside
her in bed," explain press notes.
Berkeley Rep's Roda Theatre is located at 2015 Addison Street, one block from Berkeley's downtown BART
station and close to AC Transit bus lines. The box office is next door at 2025 Addison Street.
For tickets or information, call 510-647-2949 or toll-free at 888-4-BRT-Tix –
or simply click www.berkeleyrep.org.
Performances are through March 30, 2008. Show times are
Tuesdays & Fridays at 8PM; Wednesdays at 7PM; Thursdays & Saturdays at
2PM & 8PM; Sundays at 2PM & 7PM.
No performances on February 27, March 7, 21 & 27. No
matinees on February 16, 23 & 28, March 8 & 13. No evening
performance Saturday March 22.
Photos by Kevin Berne