See it if you like lively, good singing about the daily grind in NYC as young folks look to survive the challenges. Stark set works well & a good band
Don't see it if you want a fleshed out musical. The piano, sometimes loud for the voices, becomes a bit monotonous - other instruments should be used more
See it if A thoroughly entertaining sung through musical about relationships in New York City. Strong voices and a easy to swallow experience.
Don't see it if You don’t like sung through musicals or prefer elaborately staged works.
See it if Characters and relationships developed with song. Clever lyrics and catchy tunes. People seeking connections in NYC. Touching moments.
Don't see it if You are looking for more intense drama or more serious themes. The music style gets a bit repetitive. The story is a little overlong.
See it if you enjoy a musical about ordinary people and some of the romantic and financial problems young people face in the Big Apple. Witty lyrics
Don't see it if you like musicals with big set or lush melodies. The lyrics are much better than the music. Read more
See it if About Four New Yorker finding out about themselves. Finding their Big Picture.
Don't see it if All singing, no intermission. Read more
See it if Gwon's 'slice of life in NYC' songcycle doesn't break new ground but pleasant enough Talented actors commited to material Marion shines
Don't see it if Silverstein's phlegmatic direction doesn't help Gwon's rather ordinary craftsmanship Show often feels as adrift as the characters
See it if You love small, sung-through, inoffensive musicals that are about everyday life and sound like Jason Robert Brown-lite.
Don't see it if You’re likely to compare this to a college thesis project, which it probably was. It’s just so very generic & didn’t need a revival.
See it if you can look past the boring, uninspired direction and enjoy the wonderful songs and great performances, especially from Sherman and Bashor.
Don't see it if you've never seen the show before. This production takes all of the vitality, urgency and honesty out of the show.
"A sweet escape back to 2007. It’s a relief to spend a little time in a moment when New Yorkers had the luxury of everyday angst...Claire and Jason never come fully to life. The other love story, though, is delightful to watch. It’s the romance of new friendship between Deb and Warren, which blossoms despite her standoffish resistance. Even before they meet, Ms. Marion and Mr. Sherman make these two refugees from the Island of Misfit Toys achingly endearing."
"Silverstein's swift, light-handed revival of this beguilingly oddball chamber musical is, arguably, better than the original production; it's a potent reminder of his talent...Sometimes Gwon's music skips wittily, nervously over the surface of difficult situations; more often, it is shot through with longing...Gwon crosscuts between the stories deftly, weaving them together in lovely vocal quartets...A fine reminder why, thanks to so many fresh voices, these are halcyon days for the musical."
“’Ordinary Days’ remains something more than ordinary. Likable, brisk, and professionally mounted with a friendly and strong-singing cast, the Keen production of ‘Ordinary Days’ makes an enjoyably pleasant evening. But it remains not much more than one of those young-folk-trying-to-cope revues. Good enough, no complaints; but earthshaking or invigorating? Not so much..A promising showcase for a talented songwriter as opposed to a fully realized musical."
"Although 'Ordinary Days' wants us to believe that these are extraordinary people living through ordinary but memorable days, Jonathan Silverstein's production fails to deliver on that premise. His cast sings well but this sophisticated sung-through musical needs more than just good voices. Unfortunately, this highly awaited revival of the charming Adam Gwon musical is low on the charm factor, a disappointment leaving us to wait for a definitive production sometime in the future."
“A musical theatre treat...’Ordinary Days’ focuses on just four New Yorkers...Bashor's performance is simply astonishing. The rest of the cast is also excellent...The dense lyrics reveal layered characters and move the story forward, while still remaining clever and unexpected...Though ‘Ordinary Days’ is not especially illuminating or revelatory, the production is solid and does justice to this little gem.”
“Gwon’s ‘Ordinary Days’ presents a mélange of mayhem, tears, truth and humor...Reminiscent of the boy meets girl, falls in love old tale but much more relatable in this 21st Century intelligent compelling musical...The story songs are filled with humor, passion, joy, hope, sadness and fury and readily understandable in this vignette styled production, smartly directed...The ensemble is outstanding, the message not new but a reminder and wake up call of what’s really important.”
“Engaging and unpretentious, the music by Gwon and performers are right in the pocket. However, the music eventually loses pace with the story, causing the charm to wear a little thin...Bashor takes stage with ease...She is an excellent singer...The other three singers are also clearly well trained...This show has so much going for it...Unfortunately, the music doesn’t quite keep up...Consistent and comfortable but not memorable.”
“The cast sounds good and strong...Clever and musically charming, although not as deeply engaging as it is sweet and tender. Fighting through the noise and traffic of the city, ‘Ordinary Days’ arrives at its journey’s end with clarity and kindness, driven forward with beguiling sweet songs...They won’t hang around too long in your conscious brain as the weight, is too flighty and paper thin to help anyone arrive at a clearer sense of who they are and what they want to be.”