Dixie’s Tupperware Party, now playing at the Hobby Event Center in Houston through October 22nd, is an hilarious homage to the 60’s Tupperware Revolution, woman’s empowerment, and yes – the plastic “crap” itself, as Dixie so fondly calls it. In fact, the off-broadway play is actually part therapy session, and part actual Tupperware party where you are invited to buy the wares.
The campy Dixie is played tongue in cheek but is deadly serious as she addresses issues in the most non-politically correct way possible…but she’s an equal opportunity basher and no race, gender, sexual orientation or nationality is safe.
That’s the official story, but the truth is better than that. According to an article by Carey Purcell in The New York Times, Kris Andersson who produces, writes, and stars in the show, was dared to host a Tupperware party in his home in Los Angeles. He then actually established himself, he said, as the No. 1 sales representative in both the United States and Canada — while developing Dixie’s look and persona. It’s a quirky, inspirational story and it works as Dixie relates it to the audience members, eliciting laughter, applause and even tears.
In an interview last week, Dixie said the show “is uplifting, and that’s what it’s about, because everybody needs a little uplifting.” The show was originally schedule to run when Hurricane Harvey hit Houston, and so her frustration was evident as she spoke of the new storm about to hit the area “We just got a tropical storm alert, and Monday when we are supposed to fly in..all the planes are being diverted already. I thought ‘Oh my Lord, I swear to God if they cancel I’m getting on a moped and driving to Houston.”
A generous soul, Dixie said all the profits from Tupperware sold at The Hobby Center in the next two weeks performance is being donated to the Houston Food Bank “because it’s my way of giving back, everyone’s been so neighborly to me. I’m doing my best to entertain people, but if I can do something to help some people out, my Lord, it’s least thing I can do.”
Dixie’s Tupperware Party is running through October 22, at The Hobby Center in Houston, (800 Bagby, Houston TX 77002) TICKETS: Start at $34 and are available by phone (713) 315-2525; online at www.TheHobbyCenter.org; and The Hobby Center Box Office.