Luke Matthews

REVIEW: Dixie’s Tupperware Party is worth taking home

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(Disclaimer – I was provided complimentary tickets to Dixie’s Tupperware Party by Des Moines Performing Arts)

It’s not uncommon for people to want to take memorabilia from a show home with them. A soundtrack CD, a program, or maybe a t-shirt would do. With Dixie’s Tupperware Party, you can actually take the show’s main attraction home with you – the Tupperware.

Dixie’s Tupperware Party is exactly that, a Tupperware Party. The difference is that you’ve never been to a party hosted by someone as charismatic as your Tupperware Lady, Dixie Longate. Dixie is straight out of the trailer parks of Mobile, Alabama. She’s been selling “this plastic crap” for 12 years and has even tasted the sweet success of being one of Tupperware’s actual top sellers in the nation. This comes as no surprise as she could have been hocking snow in a room full of eskimos and they would have left with lighter wallets.

The real fun of the party is Dixie’s interaction with the audience. A few lucky audience members will actually have their seats located in couches on stage, while others will be at tables in the front. If you’re in either of these areas, look out, Dixie will be looking for you. She had endless fun poking at selected members of our audience including Steve, a guy that apparently had never used a can opener before and got quite the lesson.

While it sounds like a show tailor-made for women, everyone can have fun at Dixie’s Tupperware Party. The show is scripted, but relies heavily on improvisation with the unpredictable audience. Dixie does a fantastic job with her interactions and even had a moment during a particularly side-splitting part our show when she appeared to break character after the audience declared that the main ingredient in salad was water. Technically, it is, but this down-home girl considers the main ingredient of a salad to obviously be lettuce.

Sprinkled throughout the show are actual demonstrations of the products that Dixie is truly selling to the crowd. Attendees are encouraged to circle items in provided catalogs and order directly from Dixie herself after the show.

Dixie’s Tupperware Party is a laugh riot in a virtual living room. It has moments of hilarity, infomercial-ness, and even a touch of heart. Reserve your spot for the party now through December 29 at the Temple Theater.

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