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Well, Really, Why Not Buy Tupperware from a Drag Queen?

Kris Andersson as his more profitable persona, Dixie Longate
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About six years ago, Los Angeles actor Kris Andersson donned a gingham dress, a blue apron, a red wig and size 10 heels and started peddling Tupperware as the character Dixie Longate. His R-rated selling parties evolved into a stage show that was a hit in L.A. and off-Broadway. Before launching a four-year national tour, he brings Dixie's Tupperware Party to the Out of the Loop Festival at Addison's WaterTower Theatre for four performances starting tonight. (And, yes, winter weather be damned, the show must go on.)

The 90-minute show, written with Elizabeth Meriwether, is big on audience interaction. Dixie drags people onstage for games, door prizes and other silliness. She calls everybody "hooker," so don't take it personally. After a curtain call, Dixie heads to the lobby to take orders for what she calls "great plastic crap" for real. Average Tupperware orders per show: $1,400. Dixie's total sales last year: Way, way more than we make.

Yesterday we found Andersson already in character and setting up shop for a run-through on the main stage at WaterTower. And because typing about a drag queen with a Gomer Pyle drawl doesn't do her justice, we brought along our video camera. The footage is after the jump. --Elaine Liner

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