Film and TV

"Showgirl Is My Yentl": The 145-Minute Showgirls Sequel That Could

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But Riffel's Showgirls 2: Penny's From Heaven is hitting video — and perhaps more importantly, it's played at the Castro Theatre in San Francisco as part of Peaches Christ's annual Showgirls celebrations, with Rena appearing onstage. Her handmade, deeply flawed film has been shown on the 25-by-44-foot screen of an honest-to-goodness movie palace, and has found acceptance by the very cult that's kept the original alive for all these years. It couldn't have happened to a nicer Showgirls sequel.

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Sherilyn Connelly is a regular film contributor at Voice Media Group. VMG publications include Denver Westword, Miami New Times, Phoenix New Times, Dallas Observer, Houston Press and New Times Broward-Palm Beach.