What do drag queens and Tupperware have in
Both are great for entertaining, colorfully conceal their
goods, and have a staring roll in Dixie's
This raunchy, real Tupperware Party has come to
The Royal George Theatre Cabaret
for a limited 8 week run, and we highly recommend you check it out.
I haven't laughed this hard and long in a show for years.
My sides hurt. Dixie's wild wit and quick
improv shine in this fast talking, plastic ware hawking, one woman
Dixie is a consummate hostess, offering mints and
schmoozing with her guests in the intimate theatre space that
serves as her expanded, double wide living room. She
has an entire wardrobe of mini skirt, table cloth couture.
Break out your best trailer park chic, and dress up for
this one, for the full effect.
Everyone has name tags, ostensibly for the raffle prizes,
but this gives Dixie a wicked little advantage of being able to
pick on people by name. This highly interactive, audience
participation piece pulls everyone in, whether they like it or not.
Before you know it, she'll have you singing "I've got that
Tupper feeling down in my heart" just like Vacation Bible
I was most amused and impressed by Dixie's mastery of
naive, Southern, trailer trash vocabulary. She is
convincingly geographically challenged and stumbles over the big
word in her pitch with a charming lack of finesse. She
rocks the funny scripted bits, with great comedic timing and
charisma, but really shines with the off the cuff stuff.
Beware if it's your birthday, and if your number
gets picked in the lottery, you're in for a ride. After you
have your mortifyingly fun 15 minutes of fame on the stage, you'll
go home with a little Tupperware treat. Just don't be
surprised if you're asked to race another team to gets your balls
sealed in a stack of bowls first.
As for the raunchy part, if you're easily offended or a pc
police type, you might want to seek your Tupperware fix at a more
vanilla, suburban party. Dixie explains Tupperware in
a wine chugging, no holds barred way that will have you laughing
too hard to fill out an order form. She extols the virtues
of Tupperware for drinking and driving, and explores creative, new
uses for the squeeze and squirt device with the decorator
The real part is a bit more complex. Yes, this is a
"real" Tupperware party, complete with order forms and real
product. But the real elements go beyond just
"bohwools". Dixie also shares a poignant monologue
about spousal abuse and gripes about the challenges of being a
single mother to 3 young children, Wynona, Dwayne, and Absorbine,
Jr. In the style of 70's consciousness raising groups, Dixie
uses her 1950's reputation Tupperware parties for a startlingly
feminist rallying cry.
Dixie enlightens everyone on Brownie
Wise, single Mama and genius behind the concept of the
Tupperware party. She's all but
forgotten, since she didn't "slap her name all over everything like
the inventor, Tupper." Yet, Dixie is reviving the
Brownie Wise story, and using it as a rallying cry. Don't
let other people tell you what you can't do, is the heartfelt
message beyond the bowls. Dixie proves that if a
single Mama with 3 little dependents, a drinking problem, and a
prison record can enjoy economic independence, and rise to the
upper echelons of the Tupperware sales empire, then anyone can go
for their dreams.
Dixie's tupperware party stars Dixie
Longate and is written by Kris Andersson
and directed by Patrick Richwood.
In 2008, Dixie received a prestigious Drama Desk
Award nomination for Outstanding Solo Performance.
ChiIL Mama will be interviewing Dixie in early April, so
comment if you have any questions for this scrappy, hilarious,
entrepreneur. The show runs through May 15th, as part of a
20-city national tour, so get your tickets today.
Bonnie Kenaz-Mara is a writer-photographer-potter-painter-actress-animal wrangler-general creatrix and Mama to two amazing kiddos.
See more of Bonnie's stories here.
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