A “Bodelicious” “Dixie’s Tupperware Party” at the Geffen Playhouse
At the Theatre with Audrey Linden
As I walked into the Geffen Playhouse towards the Audrey Skirball Kennis Theatre, I was given my badge with my name printed on it for the Tupperware party with Dixie Longate. I had been a Tupperware sales lady, but I was nothing like the amazing Dixie, who is part super sales gal, part motivational speaker, and part inspirational guru. It was a trip down memory lane for me as Tupperware sure has changed. I remembered those “burping” lids, and we had a salad spinner. It is all different and new now, with great colors sold by an energetic, effusive, and exuberant Dixie. If it’s a fun-filled raucous evening of entertainment you want, then go to Dixie’s party.
The tall Dixie, who teetered on platform high heels, with a huge red hair-do, handed out mints from a plastic crystal Tupperware bowl and made small talk as she introduced herself to us. And, yes, there were Tupperware catalogs and order forms on our seats for some very serious selling afterwards. It is the sixth national tour of this smash hit written by Kris Andersson and directed by Patrick Richwood. The show was nominated for a 2007-2008 Drama Desk Award Nomination for Outstanding Solo Performance. I can see why. Tonight was Dixie’s 800th performance.
Dixie is irreverent, trailer-trashy, and some of her humor definitely is “R” rated. If I had one word for Dixie’s fast talking performance, it would be “energetic”. This gal never came up for air in a stream of non-stop fast and furious talking about her favorite subject “Tupperware”. She speed-read her favorite Tupperware items, with the help of a table filled blue, purple, and “another color of purple” Tupperware items and a screen with video images behind her.
The show flowed from beginning to end with Dixie connecting with audience members and calling them by name. Great improvisation! One man, Patrick really was picked on. Men seem to think of Tupperware, if they think of these plastic items at all, as “B O W L S”. That got Dixie’s ire as she spewed out a group of words run together at Patrick. Her characterization was hysterical and her comedic timing impeccable. She never broke character.
Dixie had two pink 1950’s sofas on stage with two women from the audience seated on each couch. The four women provided fodder for the Mobile, Alabama gal’s rapid fire dialogue. Believe me; Dixie had all sorts of uses for Tupperware I never imagined. She thinks “outside my box.” “The # 1511 “Cake-Taker” could also hold “34 jello shots”. Explain jello shots to church ladies.
Dixie got her start from her parole officer who gave her the Tupperware plastic crystal bowl and advised her “to sell”. That advice changed Dixie’s life forever. She regaled us with the corkscrew, the ergonomically designed #1254; and of course, she had double entendre meanings for most of everything. “As it gets tighter, you screw harder.”
Tupperware has been around since Earl Tupper invented it in 1948 and got it in stores. It took the genius of Brownie Wise to get Tupperware off the shelves and into homes with Tupperware parties. Brownie became the Vice President of Tupperware and was on the cover of Business Week. Dixie exploded with energy as she told us of the first Jubilee she had attended. She demonstrated her “Sippy Cup” # 461 which has “a dripless straw”. Nothing leaks! Ever! I'm not telling you what she compared that to. She showed us the “Season Serve #734, marinade container which was for “men obsessed with their meat”.
We had a raffle, which got two more audience members up on stage, heaven help them, to get their prizes and have Dixie work her bullet tongue on them. Tupperware makes nice Christmas gifts and non-Christmas gifts "for the Jews who celebrate Chakakahn”. That got me doubled over with laughter. Dixie was a hoot!
Dixie did a Q and A which was hilarious. If Dixie got stuck, well, we never knew it. She covered so well, like a tight Tupperware lid. “Have I answered your question to the best of my ability?” “What a great question.” It reminded me of the standard Radio Shack “You’ve got questions, we’ve got answers.”
The funniest bit was the audience interaction with Patrick as he tried to figure out how to work the can opener #1290. That was priceless! The poor man could not figure out how to open the can opener despite Dixie’s helpful hints and gyrations. Finally, he got it! Dixie got a lot of mileage out of Patrick, who was a very good sport.
I did not want our 90 minute party to end. I laughed so hard. Dixie reminded us we matter and change can be for the better. “Step outside your comfort zone.” “Do one little thing to change someone’s life’. Well, Dixie doll, you changed the audience for the better. I for one will never look at a Tupperware bowl in quite the same way. And, when I see Tupperware, I am sure I will smile as I think of you and time spent at your great “purplicious”party. You and Tupperware are national treasures! See the show, spend time afterwards with Dixie and order Tupperware at the same time.
“Dixie’s Tupperware Party” runs through August 3rd at the Geffen Playhouse, in the Audrey Skirball Kennis Theatre at 10866 Le Conte in Westwood. For tickets, which are $55-$60, and show times, call 310-208-5454
Audrey Linden is a writer, actress and singer. She can be seen in a long-running “Associated Tax Resolution” commercial, two “Little Caesars” spots, a “Teva International Pharmaceutical” short, Gene Simmons’ “Family Jewels,” “America’s Court with Judge Ross,” VHS “Tough Love 2,” “Wendy’s” , “Shimmer” commercial etc.
Audrey teaches ON CAMERA COMMERCIAL and IMPROV COMEDY WORKSHOPS through the City of Beverly Hills. To register, call 310-285-6850. Her classes are held at 241 Moreno Dr. B.H. 90212. Her classes are on-going in June through July and start again in September. For more information, contact Audrey at firstname.lastname@example.org