Missing: The fantastical and true story of my father's
disappearance and what I found when I looked for him
Jessica Ferris; Los Angeles
4 and a half stars
With its shifting perspective and innovative structure,
Jessica Ferris' exploration of self and family doesn't feel like a one-woman
play. Ferris does an astounding job of keeping her storytelling fresh and her
characters genuine and distinct. The show depicts a young woman searching for
her missing father, considering the true meaning of personality, family and
disappearance along the way. Ferris' aptitude for quiet drama and slapstick
humor ensures the show never rests on its laurels, shifting tone throughout.
Her effective and subtle use of accents helps bring definition and
believability to characters, while the occasional slight-of-hand makes for
compelling visuals throughout.
Theatre on the Square, Stage Two: Wednesday, Aug. 25, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, Aug. 28, 7:30 p.m.;
Sunday, Aug. 29, 6:00 p.m.