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  • Widow Twankey first occurs in 1861, the character runs a Chinese laundry in Peking, China and is a pantomime dame; that is always played by a man. One of her sons, Aladdin, is the hero of the pantomime, while her other son, often named Wishy Washy (or Wishee Washee)(or Wishy-washy), just helps in the laundry. She is not pivotal in the plot (such as it is), but more a source of interaction with the audience through jokes and innuendo — mostly centred on items of underwear on the washing line.

    July 18, 2008