REVIEW: Ordinary Days, Hen and Chickens Theatre ✭✭✭

Ordinary Days at Hen and Chickens Theatre

Ordinary Days Hen and Chickens Theatre 29 October 2016 3 Stars Adam Gwon’s delicious song-cycle-musical, first seen in London’s Off-West End a year before it arrived Off-Broadway in 2009 (subsequently also professionally produced in Australasia, Spain, Israel, Brazil and Scotland), makes a welcome return at the ever-enterprising room above an Islington pub that is the Hen & Chickens Theatre.   In the hands of Streetlights, People! Productions – the invention of founders Nora Perone and Jen Coles – it receives a smartly eloquent interpretation from Coles who also directed.  Fascinatingly, two of the cast – Perone (as Deb) and Emily Lynne (Claire) – come from the same part of the USA where the musical received its initial amateur production, at Penn State University (which is actually also Lynne’s alma mater).  Arguably, this lends considerable depth of realism to this company.  Their boys, the dippy Warren (Neil Cameron) and the more soulful … Read more

REVIEW: She Loves Me, Landor Theatre ✭✭✭✭

She Loves Me At The Landor Theatre

McWhir understands the limitations of the Landor intimately and is especially skilled at making the most of those limitations. This production of She Loves Me demonstrates his understanding and ability clearly and deftly. There is excellent musical direction from Iain Vince-Gatt who controls the musical side of proceedings from a keyboard. The stand-out performance here comes from Joshua LeClair, whose Arpad is effervescent, energised, and totally convincing throughout.