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The Scenestress goes to a 'Pageant'

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I think I may have been one of the last people to finally drink the Drag Queen Bingo Kool-Aid.  It wasn't that I was opposed to the idea, though I'll admit bingo brings up bad memories of sitting in a smoke-filled church hall with my grandmother. But local drag superstar Beneva Fruitville's offering isn't your grandmother's bingo.   It's a rowdy, ballsy night that has taken over Friday evenings at the Players Theatre.

It had admittedly been awhile since my last trip to see Beneva & Company perform, so I accepted my friends' invitation last Friday and was fully expecting the bingo cards and shot boys that are Drag Queen Bingo's regular fare.
PageantI was surprised instead to find out we were going to see the drag girls in a play.  A musical, to be exact.  As of fairly recently, they have replaced their standard bingo one Friday a month with a new show, "Pageant."

"Pageant" is a campy, beauty queen-themed musical where the contestants (all played by men) vie for a much-coveted title and crown.  Each contestant competes in the categories of evening gown, spokesmodel, physical fitness, and (wait for it)... swimsuit.   A couple random audience members are selected as judges, so theoretically there could be a different winner every night.

I don't throw the word 'hilarious' around a lot, but this show is nothing but.   Each contestant gets their own highlighted moment, with talent competitions ranging from accordion-playing on roller skates to a Gloria Estefan-inspired interpretive dance.

The only downside is walking out of the theater at the end of the night realizing that Miss Texas has way better legs than you do.

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