Encores! Off-Center presents this wry and whimsical docu-musical from the Civilians, featuring an energetic score by Michael Friedman. A very personal account of how we deal with loss in our lives. More…
In 2003, New York City theater troupe The Civilians interviewed real people about the physical objects they’d lost—keys, a sapphire ring, a Gucci pump. 'Gone Missing' is the musical that emerged from their investigation.
This special engagement honors the work of composer and Off-Center Artistic Director Michael Friedman, whose life was tragically cut short last summer.
See it if you want an understated show with funny and sometimes touching snippets of what people hold onto and often can't let go of.
Don't see it if you want great music that outshines the acting, you want a cohesive storyline, you do not have at least some insight to the show's origins.
See it if you are a fan of The Civilians/Michael Friedman, you appreciate the Encores! series, or you want a short but touching evening of theatre
Don't see it if you aren't a fan of the Encores! format (script in hand), or you're looking for a traditional storyline instead of small vignettes
See it if you're familiar (or wish to be better acquainted) with Michael Friedman and his excellent scores, performed by a pitch-perfect cast.
Don't see it if docu-musicals don't interest you, or a concert setting impedes your enjoyment.
See it if you want a collection of songs/stories about lost objects and losses of other kinds, a show made of personal vignettes appeals to you
Don't see it if you want a fully-staged show, you want something driven by a unified plot/narrative
See it if you are a fan of Michael Friedman, want to see some great actors, or interested in exploring how we deal with loss (in a small sense)
Don't see it if you are looking for an absorbing plot- this has a loose structure with more of a connecting thread through short vignettes
See it if Only if you like Michael Friedman's work and want to see some of his earlier, not as good, songs. Taylor Mac stands out as well.
Don't see it if Want a plot. Just a bunch of stories being narrated, some funny, some boring and the occasional interesting song.
See it if you like offbeat, unexpected poignancy and humor. Similar shows: In On It, Oh Hello, Casa Valentina. See if if you like Michael Friedman!
Don't see it if you're looking for a clear takeaway or big show-stopping moments.