|Dixie's Tupperware Party|
|Written by Joanna Bowen|
|Saturday, 31 March 2012 10:19|
Photo - Bradford Rogne
When you've been to Dixie's Tupperware Party you've been to the best of them all. Dixie is so much more than a Tupperware lady. She is a marriage, sex and sexuality counselor, a match-maker, a mother, a lover and above all an entertainer. Not to mention North America's #1 Tupperware seller and worldwide ambassador for American Women in Business.
Dixie is a brilliantly bemusing creature. You'd believe that she actually sells "this great crap", and that story about one of her abusive ex-husbands was so heartfelt it had to be true. I even believed she was a woman until I saw her fabulous pins.
This show is a fantastic merging of interactive theatre and seamless solo work. The character of Dixie is flamboyantly over-the-top, yet she carries it throughout with such energy and commitment that her persona spreads to infuse the entire tent. Neatly dressed women in the front row are goaded into swearing on microphone, and we all get to know Ian. Ian has never been to a Tupperware party before. He's the sort of person who buys things online. Yep, that sort of guy.
Dixie mingles with her guests as we enter the Spiegeltent, and four lucky (or unlucky) audience members are chosen to join her on stage. Dixie is merciless in her characterisation of the people she draws into her performance and makes them some of the best laughs of the show. She is aided by the numbered nametags everyone is given as we queue, which yes, she uses for the lucky door prize!! But I won't give anything more away.
Dixie guarantees a night of shocking laughs, blushing audience participants and a celebration of drinking in church.
Dixie farewells her guests at the door when the party is over; my partner and I get a gushy air-kiss as she drawls, "Thank you for coming, I hope you had a great time. Now, go have sex!" And how could anyone watch her handle that Tupperware and not be in the mood?
Melbourne International Comedy Festival presents
Dixie's Tupperware Party
Venue: The Famous Spiegeltent at Arts Centre Melbourne | 100 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne (Licensed venue. Under 18s must be accompanied by a Parent or Legal Guardian)
Dates: 29 March - 22 April, 2012
Times: Tue-Sat 8.30pm, Sun 7.30pm
Duration: 60 minutes
Tickets: $35 - $25.50
Bookings: Ticketmaster 1300 660 013 | At the door
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