We love Dixie -- have since she invited us to Dixie's Tupperware Party a couple of years back (the show returned last month), calling people up from the audience, improvising seamlessly, indulging in bawdy humor and sharing with us everything about her trailer-trash life. And we still love her now that she's back with a new show, Dixie's Never Wear a Tube Top While Riding a Mechanical Bull (and 16 Other Things I Learned While Drinking Last Thursday, which includes priceless pieces of advice gleaned from a long evening of boozing with her best friend. See also: Best One-Person Show -- Dixie's Tupperware Party
The friend is Georgia Jean, and the premise of this ninety-minute entertainment is that, having celebrated at a send-off party for Georgia Jean's coming wedding, we were all on our way to Mardi Gras in New Orleans when a storm blew up, making the road impassible. So now we're stuck watching Dixie clean up the bar.
Still, you really couldn't ask for better company. Dixie's fascinating. She gets audience members up on stage playing games and dancing with her. She talks dirty. She makes innocent observations sound dirty, observing of the Fed Ex man, "I love when he delivers his package." She urges us to drink up because "the taller the glass, the closer to Jesus," and she comes up with a great crack about someone "happier than a Korean chef in a dog pound."
Dixie hates lots of things, including the crusty bits of food dogs leave in the corners of their bowls, but she particularly hates children -- with an unrelenting fury. Except she gets damp-eyed at the vision of a little boy surrounded by fireflies. In short, she's a complex being. Contradictory. Shameless. Funny as hell. And every now and then, she tosses out something that sounds suspiciously like wisdom.
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You can party with Dixie tonight through May 11 at the Garner Galleria Theatre, Denver Performing Arts Complex, 303-893-4100, denvercenter.org. Showtimes are at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, with matinees at 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.