"Quirky musical overcomes humdrum premise"
by Matthew Partridge for remotegoat on 22/11/17

No city appears more in musicals than New York, and at first glance “Ordinary Days”, running at the Drayton Arms Theatre in Gloucester Road, is just another show about people trying to find their way in the “Big Apple”. The story revolves out four people. Warren (Neil Cameron) is a hipster currently flat-sitting for an artist friend, Deb (Nora Perone) is a neurotic graduate student, and Claire and Jason (Natalie Day and Taite-Elliot Drew), are a couple living together. When Deb loses the notes for her thesis she is thrown into contact with Warren, while Claire and Jason’s relationship gradually begins to fray.

Although none of the characters seem particularly loveable, the more we get to know them, the more we gradually began to understand their problems. In Deb’s case, her obsession with the “big picture” hide a loneliness, while Warren has the opposite problem, he has no ambition at all. While Jason is enthusiastic to take his relationship to the next level, something still holds Claire back. Although the conclusion will come as no surprise, the way in which Deb and Warren finally realise that they have a lot more in common that they think, and Claire and Jason resolve their problems, will warm the heart of even the most ardent sceptic.

Thanks to some top notch singing and dancing, especially from Nora Perone who is scarily believable as her character, the production achieves more in seventy-five minutes than most shows do in three hours.

Those willing to overlook the rather humdrum premise and give this quirky fringe musical a chance won’t regret it.

“Ordinary Days” is directed by Jen Coles and produced by Streetlights. People! Productions. Music and Lyrics by Adam Gwon.

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