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SEALED FOR FRESHNESS
at the New World Stages, New York

FULL OF HOLES
By David Lefkowitz
Published April 1 2007


The magic of Tupperware didn't quite translate into theater magic for Sealed for Freshness, an estrogen-infused comedy written and directed by Doug Stone that has now announced a closing date, April 29, at off-Broadway's New World Stages. Despite its assumed appeal to the same demographic that made Menopause the Musical a sleeper smash, Freshness just didn't catch on (e.g., a recent Wednesday matinee was barely one-third full). Even a nightly, post-show giveaway of actual Tupperware containers hasn't boosted the box office.

A broad domestic comedy about nascent feminism, Sealed for Freshness opened Feb. 24 and received mixed-to-negative reviews. Critics acknowledged some of the humor but felt it mixed uneasily, and not especially freshly, with the play's darker themes of women oppressed by marriage and social customs.

In Freshness, Jennifer Dorr White plays a 1960s middle-aged housewife coping with an unappreciative husband (Clean Alternatives' Brian Dykstra) and a Tupperware party she's giving at her home. Among the guests are Tracy Ann (Kate VanDevender), a twitty blonde; Jean (Nancy Hornback), a desperately perfect Tupper-hostess; Diane (Patricia Dalen), a new neighbor and higher-echelon Tupper-seller; and the pregnant Sinclair (J.J. VanName), who proceeds to expose and insult all of the above.

Author Stone is a syndicated newspaper cartoonist ("Raw Material") who's just written and directed his first feature film, Living and Dining.

According to the show's website (sealedforfreshness.com), Sealed for Freshness premiered off-off-Broadway in 1993. Tupperware premiered in 1945 when Earl Tupper created air-tight plastic containers for food storage.

 


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