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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.


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