By Meredith Acorn MomsCharlotte user “Meredith”
Before I sat down to enjoy Dixie’s Tupperware Party at the Booth Playhouse in Charlotte Tuesday night, I wasn’t quite sure what I was in for. Nearly two hours later, I still wasn’t sure. Whoever said “This ain’t your momma’s Tupperware party” wasn’t kidding.
This hilarious one-man show is part real Tupperware party (yes Tupperware products are available to be purchased), part interactive play, part double entendre, part motivational speaker and all Southern Sass. Think Dr. Wayne Dyer meets Dolly Parton.
Dixie Longate is a liquor-drinkin’, potty-mouthed, trailer-park single mom from Mobile, Alabama. This flirty Southern Sweetheart with Serious Sass and a Southern Drawl is also a top ranking Tupperware sales person. But, Dixie Longate (say that out loud, real slow) is also a man, Los Angeles-based actor Kris Andersson. Yes, the entire show is performed in drag. (Kris and a friend attended a Tupperware party back in 2001. His friend dared him to put on a party of his own as a 1950’s housewife in drag, and Mr. Andersson accepted the dare. His shows were so entertaining -- and lucrative -- that soon he was getting booked for his Tupperware parties along the entire West Coast. By 2004, Kris was among the top three sellers in the US, and has since become #1 in personal sales of Tupperware products in the U.S. and Canada. He performed his party at the 2004 New York International Fringe Festival and Dixie’s Tupperware Party has been in development ever since.)
Dixie’s wardrobe is no longer 1950’s housewife attire. It’s been sexed up and modernized into a red-checked micro mini-skirt and spike heels that reveal Dixie’s stunningly long shapely legs. And that outdated bouffant hairdo has been replaced by cascading auburn curls.
The show is interactive, with audience members unwittingly becoming part of the show. With such an improv format, every night is a different show. This is why I think Dixie really is a gifted performer. It is one thing to be a stellar comedic actor relying upon a script for laughs. It is entirely another thing to have that zany interaction with a live crowd, whom Dixie lovingly addresses as Hookers and Whores. The show is rife with such humor, which is even more challenging after downing several hard alcoholic drinks, as Dixie likes to do during the show.
There are “typical” old-fashioned Tupperware party events, like the history of the company and listing of a variety of products, and audience members getting pulled onstage for raffles, games and giveaways. And, of course, Dixie does know her plastic crap – that’s what she calls it. She is not only familiar with the traditional uses for Tupperware products, but shares some creative food storage solutions and alternative uses for Tupperware products, as well.
Dixie explains that she started selling Tupperware after being released from prison in 2001. Her Parole Officer said she needed to get a job to regain custody of her three children: Wynona, Dwayne and Absorbine Jr.
Dixie does not take herself, nor her Tupperware products, too seriously. She truly enjoys all that she does and shares that party atmosphere with all who attend her shows. She is a humorous yet unexpectedly wise lady in this highly entertaining and hilarious show full of funny tales and heartfelt stories.
Dixie’s Tupperware Party runs through March 29 at the Booth Playhouse in Charlotte. (That’s this week, for those of you that are calendar challenged!) There are only five remaining shows. So, if you are up for a night of outside the box, uproarious blue humor, then stop reading this and go get your tickets already.
Contains adult language and content.