Regional Reviews: Florida - Southern
Dixie's Tupperware Party
Down South LLC presents Dixie Longate in Dixie's Tupperware Party as part of their Off-Broadway in Broward series.. This creative theatrical event is a mixture of a semi-interactive comedy and a drag performance turned into an actual Tupperware party. Indeed, the audience is handed a Tupperware catalogue along with the show program. A colorful party hostess named Dixie (Kris Andersson in drag) puts her own new spin on the products as she presents them to an audience of potential buyers. Most assuredly this is not your mother's Tupperware party of the kind begun in the 1950s, but then the times have changed. It is doubtful anyone could look at a Tupperware party in the same way after attending this hilariously bawdy soiree (Dixie says she would rate the show PG-13). What a clever idea!
Dixie energetically shares stories of her life with the audience who are her Tupperware party guests. Bedecked with plastic jewelry, she is ripe with a trailer-park charm. She speaks candidly of her three failed marriages and her struggles as a single mother of three to her children Winona, DeWayne and li'l Absorbine Jr.. She reveals her checkered past in prison, and that it was her parole officer who first got her involved with selling Tupperware as she needed a job to get her kids back upon release from jail.
Dixie insists her show's goal is to give theatergoers a fun evening. "Everybody wants to meet a new friend or neighbor and have something to drink, right? And you can do all those things at the Tupperware party. I like to tell people to get out of their trailers, come have a cocktail and enjoy themselves. And maybe, just maybe, you're going to be so excited, you'll get some food storage items as well!" At the end of the show, audience members do actually have an opportunity to buy Tupperware from Dixie.
Dixie's Tupperware Party began as the brainchild of Los Angeles actor Kris Andersson, who used to supplement his stage work with in-home Tupperware parties. Then the notion struck him to combine the two, and his 90-minute send-up of the American way of merchandising was born. The show debuted in 2004 at the New York International Fringe Festival. For more information on the show, please go to www.dixiestupperwareparty.com.
Dixie's Tupperware Party appeared February 4th - February 8th, 2009 at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. For tickets and/or information on the many diverse offering of the Broward center for the Performing Arts you may contact them at 954-462-0222 or online at www.browardcenter.org. Tickets to many shows may also be available in person through Ticketmaster by phone at 954-523-3309 in Broward County, in person at Ticketmaster outlets, or online at www.ticketmaster.com.