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'Dixie's Tupperware Party' returns to Tampa's Straz Center

If you head up to Tampa next week, you can go the theater, spend an evening with a potty-mouthed drag queen and pick up a piece of Tupperware or two. All at the same time.

"Dixie"s Tupperware Party" returns to the Straz for a five-day run starting Oct. 15. It's an actual Tupperware party, and all of the plasticware is for sale.

But it's also a bawdy and very, very funny performance piece. Kris Andersson plays Dixie Longate, a lascivious Southern belle who has spent a lot of time living in trailer parks and jail cells. It's been compared more than once to the performances by Dame Edna Everedge. aka Barry Humphries.

Andersson actually started selling Tupperware (in his Dixie Longate persona) years before his show debuted at the New York Fringe Festival a decade ago. He started off selling the storage containers to "straight white women," he has been quoted as saying, and was one of Tupperware's top sales people, racking up more than $200,000 in sales one year.

The show went to Off-Broadway in 2007, and the current international tour started the next year. Reviews have been almost uniformly enthusiastic.

There's lots of audience interaction in the show, which is performed in the Jaeb Theater, one of the Straz Center's more intimate spaces.

Details: Oct. 15-19, Jaeb Theater at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N. MacInnes Place, Tampa. Show times: 7:30 p.m. Wednesday-Friday, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $37.50 plus service charge. Information: 813-229-7827, strazcenter.org.

-- Marty Clear

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