Out of the ’Ordinary’
|By Paul Wozniak|
"Ordinary Days" by Adam Gwon is a sentimental, often funny Off-Broadway script that wears its influences on its sleeve.
Gwon’s music begs comparisons to Jonathan Larson ("Rent") and Stephen Sondheim ("Sweeney Todd," "Into the Woods"). Unlike Larson and Sondheim, Gwon’s songs lack any memorable hooks. But they do serve the stories well. offering several textured numbers with glowing harmonies. First-rate direction by Chad Badgero and an outstanding cast make "Days" accessible to small-towners, even as it focuses on big-city struggles.
Set in the present, "Days" follows four young New Yorkers seeking connection and direction in school and marriage.
A couple moves into an apartment together and out of the honeymoon stage, while a college student meets a young man after he discovers her missing notebook. The fact that the two couples never meet can be seen poetically as commentary on bigcity anonymity or, cynically, as two unrelated stories to fill a play.
Jason (Rusty Broughton) and Claire (Amanda Whitehead) are lovebirds who struggle to find common interests. Broughton
Music director Edric Haleen keeps up with the cast, fingers deftly dancing on the keys, providing perfect, unobtrusive support.
Creole Gallery, 1218 Turner St., Lansing
8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 3;
$15 all seats