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Story by Andy Argyrakis
Though it all sounds glamorous on paper, hearing her tell it was a little more sobering, if only for the lack of privacy and continual tabloid attention, only furthered by her marriage and eventual divorce from troubadour Paul Simon, followed by a second failed marriage to talent agent Bryan Lourd (who turned out to be gay). She has a sense of humor about it all now of course, but that doesn't mean the pain wasn't real at the time and sparked a revolving door through rehab.
Fisher isn't proud of her addictions, but she isn't shy about sharing antidotes from even her darkest days, like when she was "invited" to visit a mental institution or spent a session alongside Ozzy Osbourne trying to get clean. Though the show is riddled with name dropping, it's never in a boastful manner, but rather paints a more complete picture of her overall prominence. Don't forget, Fisher's also a novelist who wrote both the book and screenplay for "Postcards from the Edge," scored a memorable cameo in "The Blues Brothers" and even pops up as a "Family Guy" voice on occasion.
The most surprising revelation in the entertaining but still poignant performance was revealing a lifelong battle with bi-polar disorder, a real life ordeal that no amount of fame or fortune can suppress. In letting fans into such a vulnerable place, Fisher proved to be humble and relatable, which alongside so many humorous and sometimes outrageous antidotes, makes "Wishful Drinking" an engaging way to spend an evening.
Carrie Fisher's "Wishful Drinking" continues at the Bank of America Theatre through October 16. For additional details, visit www.broadwayinchicago.com.
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