BWW Reviews: DIXIE'S TUPPERWARE PARTY

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BWW Reviews: DIXIE'S TUPPERWARE PARTY

Like most of you, I find a variety of uses for Tupperware products in my home, yet I have never ever been to a Tupperware party. Until now. I had no idea how much fun they were!

You walk into the RBC theatre at the Living Arts Centre not knowing what to expect. Tupperware catalogues are placed on each table, desserts, coffee and bar service is offered until show time. Is this a real Tupperware sales pitch? Or a show?

It’s actually both, and it’s hysterically funny. It does come with a “Mature content” advisory and is suggested for audiences 18 and over.

Dixie’s Tupperware Party is part one-person play and part stand up comedy routine with plenty of audience participation involved. It got its start at the New York International Fringe Festival in 2004 where it attracted acclaim, which in turn led to an off-Broadway run in 2008. 

Created by Kris Anderson, the script is loaded with double and triple entendres and some outrageously adult zingers as Dixie, the fast-talking shill for the line of plastic bowls and storage containers leads us through all the uses for these products while questing to be the #1 sales person at Tupperware’s annual convention.

She goes a mile a minute and you’ll be laughing so hard some of the material slips by unnoticed. No matter. As Dixie might say, “There’s more where that came from.”

Be prepared for a wild ride. Dixie mixes homespun colloquialisms from her native Alabama with some outrageous sexual innuendo. The women in the audience ate it up. Surprisingly, I was one of the small handful of men in attendance. Guys – don’t be put of by the title: It is too funny a show to miss.

For me it was even more fun. Early on Dixie discovered that I had never been to a Tupperware party and selected me for special attention throughout the performance. Yes, Dixie, I was the “Mark” you were needling so mercilessly last night – and I loved every minute of it.

Y’all will too!

Dixie’s Tupperware Party continues in the RBC Theatre at the Living Arts Centre until Sunday January 31. Evening performances start at 8:30, with 2 pm matinees on Saturday and Sunday. For tickets call the box office at 905-306-6000.

 

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Mark Andrew Lawrence Mark Andrew Lawrence began his broadcasting career as music director for St. Catharines radio station CHRE. After six years there and eight years at classical station CFMX, he created FRONT ROW CENTRE to supply theatre reviews and articles to magazines, newspapers, and broadcasters across the greater Toronto area. Mark Andrew Lawrence maintains an extensive collection of over 3,500 Broadway show recordings in all formats (78 RPM singles, 45 RPM album, 10 & 12-inch Lps, and Compact discs) dating back to the early years of the 20th century.


 
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