‘Queen of Bingo’ Guaranteed to Keep River Campus Audiences Laughing


Photo of performers in 'The Queen of Bingo.'

The stage comedy, “The Queen of Bingo” will be performed Oct. 30 at the River Campus. Learn more about “The Queen of Bingo”.


Oct. 14, 2009 – “The Queen of Bingo” will have audience members in stitches during their Oct. 30 performance at Southeast Missouri State University’s River Campus. The performance is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. in the Donald C. Bedell Performance Hall located in the Cultural Arts Center.    In the tradition of the hilarious Harvey Korman and Tim Conway sketches from the old “Carol Burnett Show” comes the stage comedy “The Queen of Bingo.” ‘Sis’ and ‘Babe,’ two sisters on the other side of 50, want to add a little fun and excitement to their lives . . . but where to find it? How about Bingo?

Jeanne Michels and Phyllis Murphy’s “The Queen of Bingo” explores the worlds of bingo, family ties, diet crazes, widowhood, hot flashes and winning. The audience joins in the fun during the “Middle Bird Special,” a real bingo game where some audience member wins a free 10-pound frozen turkey. Theatergoers young and old will howl with laugher as two zany guys, playing two crazy gals, light up the stage in the comedy hit “The Queen of Bingo.”

“This is one of those really fun shows we get to bring to Cape Girardeau,” said Bob Cerchio, assistant director at the River Campus.  “If you know anything about Bingo – or even if you don’t – you’ll laugh so hard, your sides will hurt.  These gals are like your mom, aunt, sister or wife.  That is, if your relatives are completely hilarious.  Or maybe they’re like you!”

Theatre A Go-Go’s production of “The Queen of Bingo” stars Shane Partlow and Rowan Joseph as the bingo-playing sisters, although when the show first premiered in Chicago in 1993, it featured a female cast. The show switched to an all-male cast in 2004. “The Queen of Bingo” has been touring since 2004, having performed in more than 20 states.

Tickets may be purchased at the River Campus Box Office, located in the Cultural Arts Center, 518 S. Fountain St., weekdays, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., or by calling (573) 651-2265. Tickets also may be purchased at any MetroTix outlet, online at MetroTix.com, keyword “Queen” or by calling toll-free: (800) 293-5949.