A silhouette of city life..
This show for me highlights the necessity for black box/ fringe theatre in London. An intimate space with nothing but two boxes and a painting of the New York skyline is the setting for this four hander.
Reminiscent of a Jason Robert Brown score, a hybrid of Songs For A New World and The Last 5 Years, Streetlights, Peoples! Production of ‘Ordinary Days’ is a minimalistic musical set to the stunning score by American composer Adam Gown.
Given a second life at the London Theatre Workshop, Ordinary Days has been revived after it’s sold old performances last year for a three week London run before heading up to this year’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
Set in the busy rat race of NYC, we meet our cast; featuring the return of original cast members Alistair Frederick (Hotel For Criminals, New Wimbledon Studio Theatre; Lead Vocalist, Tokyo Disney; Bathhouse: The Musical, London and US cast) as Jason; Neil Cameron (NewsRevue, Canal Café Theatre; That Catholic Thing, Camden People’s Theatre) as Warren; and Nora Perone (Royal Central School of Speech and Drama) as Deb, while introducing Kirby Hughes (From Here to Eternity, original West End cast; A Damsel in Distress, Chichester Festival Theatre; Flashdance, original West End cast) as Claire.
We have all had those days when we are fighting rush hour to get to or from our destination and nothing seems to be going right and this is exactly how our first two characters meet. Perone is a loveable modern day nomad who delivers strong powerful vocals, comedic one liners and seems to find the humour in having no direction in life. Cameron has an Anthony Rapp vibe to him and his performance as he struggles to find purpose in NYC.
Hughes can’t seem to move on from the past as her and her onstage boyfriend played by Frederick move in together. Hughes and Frederick both command the stage with their vocals and acting which takes you on a journey, showing us the excitement and sensitivity of young love to the reality of a long term relationship.
The great thing about all four characters is that they are relatable in one way or another, it is a silhouette of city life and trying to fit in…
Completely sung through this 70 minute production moves at a fast pace with the characters lives intertwining for fleeting moments. Directed by Jen Coles the show exposes the bare essentials of the characters, showing their emotions, needs and wants. A notable mention has to go to Rowland Brache who so effortlessly plays none stop throughout the show helping to bring every element of this production together.
I am sure it will do extremely well in Edinburgh and if you have chance before the end of June I would recommend popping along to the London Theatre Workshop to catch it!
You can follow the journey of the production on Twitter at @OrdinayDaysLDN / #OrdinaryDaysLDN and get tickets for their London run here – http://londontheatreworkshop.co.uk/ordinary-days-2/
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