Adam Gwon's chamber musical Ordinary Days benefits greatly from 11th Hour Theatre Company's signature charm. Joe Calarco, a director imported for the occasion of this Philadelphia premiere, uses the limited space of the Adrienne's Skybox to create an intimacy perfectly suited to this sweet and gentle show.
The musical is sung through (that is, the narrative is conveyed entirely through song), and Eric Ebbenga accompanies the four good voices. Gwon's lyrics are more interesting and entertaining than his melodies, but we get a generous 21 numbers; outstanding among them are the lovely "Calm" and "Sort-of Fairy Tale."
The plot of Ordinary Days is the New York story, a story that has been told about three million four hundred and eighty-two times in movies and on television, as well as onstage (everybody wishes she'd written Stephen Sondheim's Company). Four young people meet (or almost meet) cute. We watch them cope with cramped apartments and cabdrivers, see them look at paintings in the Met, hear them bicker about wine and order coffee at Starbucks (the mocha soy latte blah blah blah routine), and fall in and out of love. Oddly, nobody seems to have a real job that defines him or her in any way.