This party at the Garner Galleria Theatre is not your old-fashioned Tupperware Party, and the fast-talking, trash-mouth, gum-smacking Dixie Longate is not your typical Tupperware “lady” (wink wink).
Yes, you really can buy the “fantastic plastic crap” from her. Dixie is a top-seller of the 65-year-old brand, but that’s not her main shtick. With her big hair, short skirt, mispronunciation of words in a southern drawl, and facial expressions that could melt an iceberg, she’s made her sales pitch into a hilarious one-person show that keeps audiences roaring with laughter and even clapping and singing the “Tupperware song.”
“Me and some plastic bowls and a bunch of drunk women somehow equals lots of sales,” she says. Her parties “are more fun than a gaggle of lesbians at a Home Depot sidewalk sale.”
In her high-energy 90-minute show, Dixie praises her plastic products and reveals her alternative uses for some of them, such as the traveling cake box that can be a jello-shot caddy. It goes downhill from there. . .
“This show is definitely not for kids,” said Dixie in an interview. “We’re all adults; I don’t have a mouth like a trucker. . .I just say things that come into my mind.” The show’s best moments may be when she brings winners of her raffle (everyone gets a name tag with a number) on stage for an improvised R-rated exchange. There are nearly as many men in the audience as women.
At one point, she gets reflective on stage, remembering when her “husband” Hector threw a plastic Tupperware bowl at her in anger and how the bowl survived, prompting her to sell the stuff. This bit, she said, is to empower women to earn their own money. “I want women to leave with a sense of ‘I have value, I can kick some ass’.”
No one doubts her sincerity. “I wouldn’t trade my life for anything,” she said. “Making people smile and laugh when they never thought I would amount to nothing. I can’t say it’s a dream come true cuz I never dreamed it!”
Dixie’s Tupperware Party plays Wednesday-Sunday through August 21. For tickets, call 303-893-4100 or visit www.denvercenter.org.