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Written by Scott Lewis   
Mar 30, 2015 at 12:00 AM

The way people like to explain Dixie's Tupperware Party is that it is “Not your Mothers' Tupperware Party!”  Well how could it be, Dixie is quite unique.  As you will learn at the party she was forced to take her trailer and her children out of Alabama as a condition of her parole. Dixie is delightfully white trash.

It was her parole officer “an adorable Lesbian”, who suggested she sell Tupperware. “She said, 'you need a job to get your kids back!'”  The fact that working selling Tupperware required her to go to parties, gave her the ability to set your own hours and probably most importantly-the fact that she could drink on the job-made it a no brainer for the mother of three.  It only took one party and a bit of liquor to seal the deal.  “I got pretty cock-tailed, then I said....wait!  I can get free drinks at work!”  She was having fun and demand for her to do parties continued to grow.  From a few parties around L.A. to parties nationwide, and a stint off Broadway (I think Jersey?), Dixie has grown to become one of the top sellers of Tupperware in the U. S.

I wondered about the challenges of being a single mother who travels so much.  The kids do not travel with Dixie, but they are well cared for.  “I call the trailer about once a week and make sure that they are still chained to the front door.  I see them on the holidays and that's fine.”

Dixie's precious little ones include Absorbine, Jr.  who is three.  “He hasn't learned to talk yet, but I think that is lucky.  All I am trying to teach him right now is how to mix a cocktail.” Dwayne, who is ten,  is a redhead like his mama, and a “Spitfire”.  Finally there's Wynona, she is 16-and doing really well at the local KFC.  “Her manager just loves her,”, Dixie tells me, “She is always working late helping out.  Sometimes she works till 5am, which is weird cause they close at Midnight.”  Dixie thinks Wynona is really climbing the corporate ladder, I agree, and I imagine her boss is holding the ladder.  Dixie says that Wynona and her manager at the KFC “work really well together, they must talk a lot though, cause her jaw is always achey.”  You can begin to see where this show is going to take you.??

Dixie has been married three times, all three have passed away under mysterious circumstances.  I wondered aloud if Dixie would consider herself a Black Widow?  “I think they call that African American Widow now.”  She informed me, “I cried the appropriate amount of time, that they told me to.  And then I went to the bar.”

I wondered about the welfare of Dixie's kids, all three having had their father pass.  Never fear, None of Dixie's husbands were father to any of her kids, so there is a chance, however slim that maybe one of their fathers will someday surface.  You will learn all of this and so much more at her Tupperware Party.  Most importantly you will learn all the ways your life will be made easier with Tupperware Party.

One note of importance, this is a real Tupperware Party.  You will find a catalog and order form on your seat when you arrive. ?One of the things I found most fun at this show was all the women who were here for a “girls night out”.  The theater was filled with groups of women throwing back cocktails and wine, laughing and gossiping, much like the Tupperware Parties I remember experiencing as a child.   While this is not your mothers Tupperware Party, I would highly encourage you to take you mother, she will love this modern spin while being reminded of a simpler time when women would gather in a living room and catch up on all the local gossip and learn all about better storage solutions.  I can't think of anyone that won't laugh til they hurt, just make sure they are not too sensitive, there is a good chance of being called a hooker, Dixie calls everyone hooker.

Dixie's Tupperware Party plays the McDavid Studio at Fort Worth's Bass Hall April 8th to May 3rd (It is next door to Bass Hall). Tickets are $30.00-$40.00 depending on the night, and are available at basshall.com Seating is general admission, so if you are putting a group together, you don't have to buy your tickets together to sit together.  This is a night you will be laughing about for weeks so go, and for goodness sake, buy some Tupperware.  She has three kids and no child support.

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