Dixie's Tupperware Party at PlayhouseSquare – Bringing Southern Sass to Cleveland


Dixie Longate and her newest Tupperware convert after Dixie's Tupperware Party (at PlayhouseSquare until 10/31)


I’ll confess – I’ve never been to a tupperware party nor did I ever think of myself as the tupperware-type person. Embarrassingly enough, I’m not good at cooking or baking. When it comes to planning a party, my skills lie mostly in organizing and decorating. So, the first couple of times I heard about Dixie’s Tupperware Party at PlayhouseSquare, I wasn’t really sure if it’d be something I’d want to see.   

However, Dixie Longate won me over as soon as she welcomed me to the party at the E 14th Theatre. When she said hello and handed me a lifesaver candy, she very candidly advised me to wait on the mint until I finished my drink – because alcohol and mints ‘will make your breath taste like ass’ (her words).  It was this sassy – and sweet – personality that made the evening as enjoyable as it was. 

Dixie Longate is a frenetic, fast-talking,  feisty Tupperware Lady with enough southern charm (or Southern Comfort) mixed in to make her a true lady.  Her one-woman show follows her exploits as she throws good ol’fashioned Tupperware Parties across the country.  The show originally debuted in the 2004 New York International Fringe Festival and in 2007/08 received a Drama Desk Award nomination for Outstanding Solo Performance.  

Through a mix of hilarious and heartfelt stories, free giveaways and a full assortment of Tupperware, the audience learns how the inimitable Brownie Wise (the creator of the Tupperware Party) originally transformed Earl Silas Tupper’s plastic bowls into an empowering phenomenon, what Tupperware means to people today, and even a number of delightfully alternative uses for the plastic products.  In a bit of clever resourcefulness that Brownie Wise herself would be proud of, Dixie will even take orders after the show for any Tupperware you may want.  

I think what most surprised me about Dixie’s Tupperware Party is that it’s not just about laughing at Dixie’s sharp, hyper sass, or the giveaways and games. Underlying the humor, there’s also her heartbreaking reflection on hitting a low point, ending up on parole, and being on the cusp of losing her children. However, I say it’s almost heartbreaking since Dixie ends up finding redemption and empowerment through the plastic storageware she promotes.  

Dixie shares her story as a way to help others realize there are opportunities out there — even small ones — to take charge of their lives.  It’s a nice reminder for anyone and harkens back to Brownie’s decision to reject the notion that women had to ‘go back to the kitchen’ after WWII ended. 

Dixie’s Tupperware Party is going to be at PlayhouseSquare’s E 14th Theatre until October 31st.  It may not be a serious piece of theatre in the ‘traditional’ sense, but it’s a delightful mix of raucous entertainment and touching storytelling.  

You may even find yourself becoming a tupperware convert like me. I may not be a wiz in the kitchen, but I do enjoy making a mean dip.  And item # 484 — a versatile chip-and-dip set whose cover doubles as a segmented serving tray — is perfect for me. Plus, since the entire thing could be used as an on-the-go sangria bowl, there’s no way I could say no to Dixie. 

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