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Ordinary Days

From 16 critic and 146 member reviews
Members say: Great singing, Entertaining, Delightful, Funny, Clever

About the show

Keen Company presents the first New York revival of this musical about four young New Yorkers whose lives intersect in unexpected ways as they search for success, happiness, love, and taxis. More…

"Ordinary Days" is a comic and inspiring musical about making simple connections in a chaotic city. It is a sweet, fleet, and tender story that follows its characters as they fight through the emotional noise and dramatic traffic to arrive at a clearer sense of who they are and what they want to be.

Times Square Chronicles

“A show that sneaks up on you and captures you in it’s spell...With an extraordinary cast of four brilliantly talented performers, Gwon’s show wraps you in its simplicity, honesty and heart...Silverstein’s direction is smart...Bell’s musical direction keeps this music pure and crystal clear...Gwon’s powerful masterpiece, has cleverly written lyrics, an emotional twist, and music that burrows its way into your soul...You are sure to be affected by this hauntingly exquisite gem of a show.” Full Review

Stage Left

“Keen Company’s revival of Adam Gwon’s delightful chamber musical ‘Ordinary Days’ cleanses the soul, lifts the spirit, and reminds you what you love about New York. All four performers in this almost entirely sung show are outstanding as they tell a simple, beautiful, and original story about how small acts and interactions can change lives. This sweet and quietly extraordinary musical is a must-see.” Full Review

Front Row Center

“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.” Full Review

Theater Pizzazz

“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.” Full Review

Show Showdown

“’Ordinary Days’ does a tremendous amount of telling. It's a sung-through musical, and the four characters spend a lot of time explaining themselves...And it all works really well. The songs are lovely and smart and sensitive, and Gwon even makes the sung-through-ness succeed, as his work genuinely sounds like people communicating...Gwon provides tie together the four characters and give us a satisfying whole. The four-person cast is wonderful.” Full Review

Theatre is Easy

“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.” Full Review

Theater Life

"That the characters appear so utterly quotidian, on one hand and so familiar on the other, speaks to the play’s immeasurable charm...In a sung through musical, the voices tell the story, and the four actors in this production make that an especially affecting experience simply because they sound truthful and honest...It’s an understated, beautifully sung, and moving story about connecting with another person." Full Review

Lighting & Sound America

"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." Full Review

Says Me Says Mom

“A slice of life musical. It is not big and bombastic. It is about quiet everyday moments...The structure of the show is interesting. The two couples’ lives intersect at various times throughout the show, but they rarely interact with each other. It's as if you are watching two different shows simultaneously. The songs are nice, the acting is good and the story is interesting. It is all very engaging and seems to go by a lot quicker than the alleged 90 minute or so running time.” Full Review

Off Off Online

"A sweet and thoughtful musical...Gwon’s score does serve the story well...These songs flesh out the characters into three-dimensional people...The show’s reliance on songs that explore character through metaphor rather than plot can cumulatively become a bit heavy-handed...The four actors bring these New Yorkers to life with both personality and heart...This production demonstrates that sometimes the most 'ordinary' things can offer the greatest joys.” Full Review

The New York Times

"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." Full Review

Front Mezz Junkies

“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.” Full Review

New York Stage Review

“’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." Full Review

Theatre's Leiter Side

“Enjoyably well done but nothing notably out of the ordinary…The thinness of Gwon's plotting is not substantially enhanced by these unsurprising characters, nor are the experiences they encounter notably illuminating…There's a been-there, heard-and-seen-that feeling that simply fails to ignite…Too many…numbers…are in the generic, faux-Sondheim mode of narrating rhyming exposition to a steady beat…The performers all have charm, fine voices, and the acting skills to bring their songs to life.” Full Review

Clever, Delightful, Funny, Great acting

See it if ... you want to spend a delightful evening of sheer pleasure and enjoyment.

Don't see it if ... of you’re not a fan of light-hearted and clever mucsical shows.

Not ordinary but extrodinary!, Contemporary, Entertaining, Great cast & team, Must see

See it if U want to see realistic portrait of NY life about ordinary people in an uplifting musical that is superbly acted, sung, directed & supported

Don't see it if If U are not a musical fan. U want lavish productions. However, U must see this if U value entertainment & talent. Keen Company delivers!

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Enchanting, Great singing, Romantic, Must see, Profound

See it if you want to see fantastic acting and singing; a lovely story about love (friendship & romantic), being unsure of yourself, and living in NYC

Don't see it if you don't enjoy small ensemble musicals, want a book-heavy musical (the show is completely sung through) or don't want to cry and feel!

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Delightful, Resonant, Nostalgic, Funny, Poignant

See it if you love musicals about New York and you want to fall back in love with the city and all that it means.

Don't see it if you don't like sung-through shows or prefer larger ensemble spectacles.

Clever, Edgy, Great staging, Romantic

See it if you love off-broadway theater

Don't see it if you don't like simple sets or you don't want to use your imagination.

Absorbing, Exquisite, Great singing, Must see, Resonant

See it if you look to theater to illuminate our world. This show does that & more. The music is beautiful, the story powerful & the acting wonderful

Don't see it if I think everyone should see this show. It's neither big nor splashy but quietly moving and profound. If you're looking for CATS, don't go!

Must see, Intelligent, Great writing, Great singing, Entertaining

See it if want to see a spectacular cast, wonderful music and smart lyrics, excellent little orchestra and a nice slice of life in NYC.

Don't see it if don't like sung-through musicals, intimate staging or romantic plots.

Delightful, Great acting, Great singing, Great staging, Fun and touching

See it if you love clever musicals that have something serious to say, are funny, & have top notch talent.Voices were perfection.Don't miss this one.

Don't see it if you want a gritty story full of angst and drama.This has a huge heart & tells a beautiful, authentic NYC story. This is a classic. GO!

Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Great singing

See it if you enjoy clever plays and sweet stories, enjoy a hybrid of musical and play, you enjoy simple yet powerful productions with great acting

Don't see it if you need elaborate staging and big productions. you need a lot of action

Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Great singing, Enchanting, Romantic

See it if You are willing to be swept away by a very small, robust musical that starts out quirky and ends emotional.

Don't see it if You don’t like to follow along to lyrics or don’t want something about finding yourself while living within the good and bad NYC offers

Delightful, Quirky, Well-crafted

See it if you want to hear the work of a younger theater writer who has really learned his craft - and be charmed by 4 excellent performers.

Don't see it if a skillful, charming but lightweight sung-through show is not enough to grab your attention.

Great singing, Funny, Clever, Great writing, Romantic

See it if you want a fun time at a great off-Bway musical about life in NYC - terrific actors & singing, funny but touching story.

Don't see it if you want dialog. There aren't many musicals off-Bway, but this one is really worth it!

Delightful, Entertaining, Romantic, Refreshing, Engating

See it if you enjoy intimate musicals in a small venue featuring 4 talented performers and a sweet story

Don't see it if you want large Broadway musicals or non-musical comedies or dramas

Clever, Entertaining, Enchanting, Resonant

See it if you enjoy stories told through song and appreciate some beautifully written music and striking lyrics

Don't see it if you're looking for a big production musical with huge sets, scene changes, and props - or a spoken book.

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Clever, Entertaining, Great writing, Relevant, Resonant

See it if You'd like to see a show about the lives of a few of NYers and how they intersect. Similar to If/Then, but not quite the same.

Don't see it if You're not interested in seeing a new musical that is funny but also emotional.

Charming, Great music, Great singing, A gem

See it if you like beautiful, smart, little musicals that just make you smile from the very first second, led by a charismatic and personable cast.

Don't see it if you expect a big production, are sick of "different people in NYC whose paths cross" narrative, dislike sung-through musicals with no dialog

Great singing, Great acting, Great staging, Thought-provoking, Riveting

See it if Like a well-sung and acted set of related songs in an intimate setting. Even though I knew this show I still cried (and so did others).

Don't see it if Need a full story.

Great singing, Refreshing, Relevant, Funny

See it if you want an evening of great voices singing great music. More a song cycle than a play its 90 minutes go by in a flash

Don't see it if you are looking for a full scale musical

Absorbing, Clever, Entertaining, Refreshing, Delightful

See it if you appreciate great lyrics and music excellent staging and singing overall a very entertaining show

Don't see it if if you don't enjoy paying attention to the lyrics to know what's going on you don't like minimalist staging

Delightful, Enchanting, Great singing, Refreshing, Relevant

See it if You can find the humanity in a small, beautifully acted and sung, musical. This lured me in and broke my heart. But, it’s a small show.

Don't see it if You need Phantom, are not interested in relationships, need lots of action, or are unwilling to let shows grow on you. Beautifully done.

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Delightful, Clever, Sweet, Quirky, Touching

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.

Clever, Entertaining, Delightful, Absorbing, Funny

See it if The show is a musical and entertaining. The show has an original and clever storyline.

Don't see it if You don't like musicals and stories about heterosexual couples dating.

Clever, Entertaining, Refreshing, Quirky, Resonant

See it if You want to see four very talented singers perform a clever and jaunty score about four New Yorkers trying to connect in a challenging city.

Don't see it if You don't like small scale musicals with hardly any set design or dancing. This is a physically modest production depending on the actors.

Entertaining, Great singing, Quirky

See it if you like small, ensemble musicals.

Don't see it if you like book-heavy shows. This is all singing.

Clever, Funny, Great singing, Refreshing

See it if About Four New Yorker finding out about themselves. Finding their Big Picture.

Don't see it if All singing, no intermission.

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