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When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Feb. 22 2015

The New Colony produced a version of this original musical back in aught-nine. Set in the 1950s and titled Tupperware: An American Musical Fable, it dealt loosely with the saga of Brownie Wise, the real-life marketing genius who gave us the Tupperware party. That show's many good points were overpowered by significant bad ones. The rewrite is better—and lots of fun too, thanks to some engaging performances. Still, many of the old problems haven't been solved so much as swapped out for new ones. A big for instance is the treatment of Wise and her fictional acolyte, Delores (the quietly hilarious Sasha Smith). In Tupperware we got a pretty solid grounding in Wise, but Delores's story was practically unintelligible. Here the situation is reversed. Especially in Cassie Thompson's portrayal, Wise is just plain crazed. Also, I wish playwrights Will Cavedo and Andrew Hobgood had taken note of this little irony: that the villain of the piece—Lilah, the garden club Mussolini—might now be considered a heroine for her stance against plastic and in favor of fresh food preparation. —Tony Adler

Price: $20-$25


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