“Dixie’s Tupperware Party”, currently showing at the Starlight, has a winning recipe for delivering an entertaining evening.
While the recipe, obtained through surreptitious means, might seem an odd combination for a tasty treat, the end product was definitely unique and fulfilling.
“Dixie’s Tupperware Party” recipe for a fun time:
- 1 part Stand-up comedy sprinkled with just the right amount of sexual innuendo
- 1 part Tupperware Party and product demonstration (which fair-goers should enjoy)
- 1 part audience participation with an abundance of gags and hilarious banter
- 1 part infomercial
- 1 part drag show performance
- A couple of pinches of motivational talk
- Add another couple pinches of homage to Earl Tupper – designer of this now ubiquitous product, and Brownie Wise – who pioneered the direct marketing strategy that helped to empower women post-World War II
- 1 part excellent timing, sense of humor and unique delivery by Dixie
- 1/8 part accompanying video and slide show that perfectly complements the production
Mix all these ingredients vigorously into a production bowl and serve this 90-minute delicacy immediately to an audience that is sure to devour this comedic meal (as evidenced by the more than 1700 performances delivered worldwide of the three different “Dixie” Off-Broadway performances thus far).
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“Dixie’s Tupperware Party” is a very funny and engaging one-person show filled with Dixie’s amusing and personal anecdotes while seamlessly blending in plenty of audience participation, even as the performance is an actual Tupperware party. Members of the audience are provided order forms and given product numbers should they be inclined to purchase the products demonstrated during the show.
Dixie is the persona of Kris Andersson, who on a dare from a friend in 2004, began selling Tupperware in drag and quickly vaulted to be the #1 Tupperware seller in the U.S. and Canada. In 2007 Andersson was in a residency at New York’s Ars Nova Theater and developed the character and show. And then in 2008 was nominated for a Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Solo Performance.
Dixie Longate’s exuberant delivery and quick and oftentimes biting wit instantly establish a rapport with the audience. One of the funniest interactions involved Dixie “instructing” Arden (an audience member that became a recurring target) on how to use Tupperware’s unique can opener. Her “physical representation” of what he should be doing with the can opener that seemed to be confounding him had the audience roaring in laughter.
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“Dixie’s Tupperware Party” is a great way to spend a night out. It is showing through Sunday, January 19th at the Cohen Community Stage House at Starlight Theatre. For ticket information go to: https://www.kcstarlight.com/events/event-detail-production/dixies-tupperware-party-20
Please note that this production is recommended for an audience of sixteen and older.