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Dixie’s Tupperware Party @ Segerstrom Center of the Arts in Costa Mesa – Review

Written by Alina Mae Wilson 

Segerstrom Center - Dixie Longate in Dixie's Tupperware Party - Photo by Bradford Rogne
Segerstrom Center – Dixie Longate in Dixie’s Tupperware Party – Photo by Bradford Rogne

 Before the show even started, Dixie was moving around in the house, mingling with the audience members, taking photographs and joking.  Once the show got rolling, she showered the audience with a large number of coarse jokes.  Her deep Southern drawl and constant references to her everyday life (both growing up and modern day) lent themselves to the idea that her humor was not specifically geared towards me but more towards women nearing, experiencing or past middle age.  She brought various audience members up onstage and made jokes about sex, marriage, sex after marriage or lack thereof and more sex.  The audience composed of married-or-were-once-married-women, cracked up.  But after awhile I found most of the jokes dull and predictable.

One of the more enjoyable portions of the night was learning about Brownie Wise, the pioneering American saleswoman that helped develop and popularized the Tupperware system. Brownie was an innovator in business during that not so long time ago when women weren’t expected to leave the home. She was the first women ever to appear on the cover of Businessweek Magazine.  I had never heard of her before, but Dixie’s enthusiasm and admiration for the woman, who would not let sexism and negativity wear her down, was infectious.  Listening to accounts of Dixie’s own success was nothing short of inspirational.

Side note:  Without the constant sexual jokes, it might have been an even better time. 

 7/10

Dixie has out lived her run in the OC but you can follow this show on their website at the link below :

 http://www.dixiestupperwareparty.com/

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The Whipping Man @ South Coast Repertory in Costa Mesa – Review

Adam Haas Hunter, Charlie Robinson and Jarrod M. Smith in South

Adam Haas Hunter, Charlie Robinson and Jarrod M. Smith Photo Courtesy: South Coast Rep.

Written by Scott Keister

At the time of the Civil War there were approximately 25,000 Jews living in the eleven states that seceded from the union. Many of these were slave owners, and several thousand actually fought on the side of the Confederacy. In this play, The Whipping Man, currently running at South Coast Rep, playwright Matthew Lopez explores the irony of how a race of people, the Jews, who struggled mightily to escape slavery, became a people who themselves owned and sold slaves. He digs the irony a little deeper by making two of his characters in the play black slaves who also follow the Jewish faith. The parallels of the Jews and the black slaves are layered on pretty deeply in what is occasionally an intriguing clash of characters—two former black slaves and a white man, all from the same household in Richmond, Virginia, gathered together in the final days of the Civil War—but is too often a mere polemic that goes nowhere.  Continue Reading

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Christmas Carol @ Musical Theatre Village in Irvine – Review

scrooge

Courtesy : Musical Theatre Village

Written by Patrick Chavis

Christmas time is over but that doesn’t stop the influx of Christmas plays, especially that Classic Charles Dickson play, A Christmas Carol (we reviewed three this year but couldn’t make them all). I’ve seen the movies, watched the plays, seen the Christmas straight to TV versions. There is definitely no shortage of creative versions here. Musical Theatre Villages version, entitled ‘Scrooge’ is a welcome addition to the every-growing lexicon of Christmas Carol adaptions with catchy music, exceptional performances by a few and a fun-filled laid back spirit that makes this a perfect show for the entire family. Continue Reading

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A Christmas Carol @ South Coast Repetory in Costa Mesa – Review

The cast of South Coast Repertory's 2013 production of A CHRISTM

photo courtesy : South Coast Repertory

Written by Alina Mae Wilson 

What exactly is it that makes  a story and show stand the test of time? The obvious challenge in answering this question stems from the fact that each show is different and therefore entertains it’s audience in a different way.  In the case of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol the more arguable answer is the continued relevancy of the main character’s journey.  South Coast Repertory’s newest presentation of this iconic tale lives up to theatre goers’ expectations in most ways, bringing the play to you with both visual beauty and convincing acting. Continue Reading

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