It's a good job I don't make any claim to being a "proper" theatre reviewer, as there are some occasions when it's easy to get distracted from what I'm actually supposed to be reviewing. I'd say tonight qualifies, as not only was Daniel Boys on stage, but RUSSELL TOVEY was in the audience. It was like the Battle of the Fantasy Husbands from a couple of years ago, brought crashing into one small room. And as then, there really wasn't a winner, although as with anything to do with me and men there's a loser involved. Also in the audience tonight: Dame Stephen Fry and Stevie Webb. Honestly, it was like Night of the A-Gays. Plus me. Anyhoo, back to Ordinary Days, a musical by Adam Gwon (did you just do a Mrs Doyle impression in your head? Liar, you totally did) which should be exciting enough in itself, reuiniting as it does D-Boys with Julie Atherton, once again playing a not-quite-matched couple for the first time since Avenue Q.
Boys plays Jason, who's just moved in with his girlfriend Claire (Atherton,) a situation that she's not entirely sure she's ready for. The show's title is apt enough as instead of big drama most of the show is based around fairly everyday events and in Adam Lenson's production the action breezes by in 80 minutes with some tuneful, powerfully-sung songs encompassing humour and pathos. Jason and Claire are only half the story, as there's a second couple they'll never meet, but who'll touch their lives for one tiny moment: Warren (Lee William-Davis) is a romantic, gay artist's assistant who collects lost things he finds in the street. One of these is a heavily-annotated textbook with the owner's email address inside, and he believes that they're fated to be important to each other. The owner Deb (Alexia Khadime) though sees herself as a bit more of a tough cookie and their friendship is going to be a tricky one to build up. All four are excellent, with their very believable, not always lovable characters and some well-observed, funny gags, although the show rather gives the women more chances to shine than the men. Things also take an unexpectedly sad turn, although the way this part of the story is told is maybe not entirely clear (I figured out the song "I'll Be There"'s slightly skewed timeline about halfway through it but Andy was under the impression that a character had died who hadn't.) A good show overall though and D-Boys is looking rather hot in a short beard although he's wearing at least three layers at all times, which as we all know is three layers too many.
Ordinary Days by Adam Gwon is booking until the 5th of March at Trafalgar Studio 2.