MainStage Irving-Las Colinas presents My Sister Eileen
Clever-as-they-come Ruth and pretty-as-a-penny Eileen are two small-town Ohio girls headed to the Big Apple to chase their dreams. The gals settle in a beat-up basement studio apartment in Greenwich Village, full of eccentric charm and frequently visited by a cascade of colorful characters, run by landlord Papa Appopolous. Ruth aspires to be a writer, while Eileen longs for the big lights of Broadway. In the pursuit of their ambitions, twelve months of amusing escapades ensue. Furious fun flourishes in the city so nice, they named it twice.
Based on autobiographical short stories by Ruth McKenney (originally published in The New Yorker), My Sister Eileen premiered on Broadway in 1940. Thirteen years later, the playwrights adapted the play into the wildly popular Tony Award-winning musical Wonderful Town.