Wonderful Town

Th, F, Sa 7pm, Su 2pm. Through 8/6. $27-$39, $15-$25. Davis Shakespeare Festival at Davis Veterans Memorial Theatre, 203 E. 14th Street in Davis; (530) 802-0998; www.shakespearedavis.org.
Rated 4.0

The musical, based on the stories of Ruth McKenney, was first produced as the play My Sister Eileen by Joseph Fields and Jerome Chodorov. It tells the story of the Sherwood sisters Ruth (Gia Battista) and Eileen (sister Gabby Battista), who have left their childhood home in Ohio and come to New York for all of the opportunities they feel it offers. Ruth is an aspiring writer, while Eileen wants to break into show business. They soon learn that life in the Big Apple is not quite what they expected. The Battistas are absolutely wonderful in their roles, and their homesick duet “Ohio,” is as smooth as velvet. Both women also get their own chance to shine in a solo number. B.S.