Approval Junkie

Approval Junkie

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Approval Junkie is receiving its Off-Broadway premiere as part of Audible Theater's season. Approval Junkie tickets are available on New York Theatre Guide now.

Approval Junkie is a play adapted from Faith Salie's 2016 memoir Approval Junkie: Adventures in Caring Too Much. She first hit the stage with Approval Junkie in its 2019 world premiere at Alliance Theatre in Atlanta, Georgia. In the show, Salie details various anecdotes from her life in which she sought validation, often in the wrong places, from winning her high school beauty pageant to choosing the perfect divorce outfit. Ultimately, her show examines how she came to seek approval within herself — and receive it.

The comedian and journalist has appeared on NPR’s Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me! and CBS News Sunday Morning, for which she has won three Emmy Awards, alongside many other journalistic credits. She is also an actress, having appeared in four films between 1998 and 2004, and on TV shows including Married... with Children, Sabrina the Teenage Witch, and Sex and the City.

As with previous Audible Theater productions at Minetta Lane Theatre, Approval Junkie will be recorded and released as an audio play. Audiences around the world will be able to listen to Salie's story if they cannot get to the in-person run before it ends.

Tickets to Approval Junkie are available now. Book Approval Junkie tickets on New York Theatre Guide now.

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About Approval Junkie:

From winning her high school beauty pageant, to picking the perfect outfit to wear to her divorce, Faith Salie is the ultimate approval seeker. Salie has adapted her story into the heartfelt (and disturbingly hilarious) one-woman show, Approval Junkie. Through her witty, candid, and sometimes heartbreaking recollections, Salie reflects on a lifetime of looking for validation in all the wrong places — and reveals how she finally won gold stars from her toughest critic…herself.

Faith Salie in collaboration with Amanda Watkins
Audible Theater
Amanda Watkins
Cast list:
Faith Salie
Approval Junkie Performance Dates & Times
Opening date: 
November 16, 2021
December 12, 2021

Performance schedules for all shows are subject to change.

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Minetta Lane Theatre

18 Minetta Lane (between Bleecker and West 3rd Street), New York, NY 10014
Nearest subway station:
West 4th Street - Washington Square Station

Our Approval Junkie Review

It's almost counterintuitive to be reviewing Approval Junkie — to be evaluating the merit of Faith Salie's solo show, which ultimately concludes that the approval of others is trifling in comparison to your own self-assurance. It would be more counterintuitive still to pan the show. Luckily, that, at least, isn't necessary. There's a moment in Approval Junkie where Salie recalls being rejected... Read more