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Gone Missing

From 32 member  reviews
Members say: Funny, Quirky, Delightful, Clever, Great acting

About the show

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.

Member Reviews (32)


Funny, Quirky, Delightful, Clever, Great acting
Avg Score

Quirky, Refreshing, Funny

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.

Quirky, Funny, Thought-provoking, Great acting

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

Also A perfect example of "less is more." Simple, fun choreography and stag... Read more Read less

Great writing, Profound, Resonant

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.

Clever, Absorbing, Quirky, Funny

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

Also I'd listened to the off-Broadway premiere recording of this a few mont... Read more Read less

Clever, Entertaining, Great acting, Resonant

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

Quirky, Fluffy, Funny, Disappointing, Delightful

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.

Absorbing, Exquisite, Funny, Quirky, Resonant

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.

July 12th, 2018
"An accidental and indispensable elegy...The setting is minimal, the costumes pleasantly generic, Karla Puno Garcia’s choreography decidedly low profile and Mr. Schmoll’s direction affectionate and barely there...I felt a happy-sad nostalgia, not only for the composer himself but also for the the...
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July 12th, 2018
"An oddball 2001 revue laced with observational humor, peppy energy and shades of sadness...The Off-Center production of 'Gone Missing' serves as an opportunity to reflect upon Friedman’s passing. The meditative final song, 'Stars,' contains the line 'So when I leave you, you’ll know, I’m just a ...
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July 12th, 2018
"Schmoll's production, staged mostly in front of music stands like the Encores! of yore, doesn't find the thread to make it a cohesive evening. But then, the piece is so specific to the style of the Civilians that an outsider to the company with limited rehearsal is at a disadvantage to begin wit...
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July 12th, 2018
"A quirky, mostly droll, occasionally touching, 75-minute docu-musical...Back then, I characterized the show as an 'enjoyable collage' and 'thoughtful entertainment.' So it remains today in the fleet concert staging by Ken Rus Schmoll that also features witty synchronized moves in Karla Puno Garc...
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