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Members say: Great acting, Intelligent, Clever, Thought-provoking, Absorbing

About the show

Manhattan Theatre Club presents the American premiere of Nick Payne's play, which examines whether our memories and identities exist only in our minds. More…

A pathologist steals the brain of Albert Einstein; a neuropsychologist embarks on her first romance with another woman; a seizure patient forgets everything except how much he loves his girlfriend. These mysterious stories are braided into one breathtaking whole that asks whether memory and identity are nothing but illusions. Directed by Tony Award winner Doug Hughes, 'Incognito' takes us into the last uncharted realm: the mind.

Member Reviews (185)


Great acting, Intelligent, Clever, Thought-provoking, Absorbing
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Absorbing, Great writing, Intelligent, Intense, Thought-provoking

See it if You're a fan of intense dramas that really make you think. This is some pretty intense down the rabbit hole kind of stuff.

Don't see it if You're looking for light fluffy entertainment that gives you all the answers or ANY of them for that matter. Some of these questions hurt.

Intelligent, Original, Profound, Thought-provoking, Great writing

See it if You want insight about what gives humans their identity. You enjoy interlocking storylines. You like to think a lot about what you saw.

Don't see it if You prefer easier material. Tip: if you go to a Saturday matinee there is a talkback afterwards.

Clever, Ambitious, Absorbing, Confusing, Quirky

See it if you like fast paced multiple plots that jump in time and location with little apparent connection, require careful attention, witty dialogue

Don't see it if you don't like non-linear plots, actors playing multiple parts, scenes that jump without notice to another location and time, science talk

Wonderful marriage of embracing big questions, rich storytelling and bravura acting (4 actors, 20 roles)

See it if /for fascinating interlocking stories focusing on brain/neuroscience show why fruitless to reduce human behavior to mere brain function

Don't see it if /since import of multiple tales confusing to many in audience; still, culmination of kaleidoscopic storytelling moves audience

Great acting, Incohesive, Thought-provoking, Affecting, Pointless

See it if you want to see a tease about the workings of the brain that never quite actually has anything to say about the subject.

Don't see it if a show that looks great and boasts great performances but ultimately doesn't have anything to say would put you off.

Great acting, Thought-provoking, Slow, Confusing

See it if You like great ensemble acting.

Don't see it if I found the play to be intelligent yet confusing and obtuse, leaving me with little empathy for the characters.

Confusing, Disappointing, Dizzying, Excruciating

See it if you want to work hard, the show is impossible to follow. You really have to focus and pay attention but not in an enjoyable way.

Don't see it if if you want to sit back and relax. you will get no enjoyment from this show. It's 4 actors playing way too many parts

Also The show is really really bad. I really can't think of anyone who woul... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Original, Thought-provoking

See it if you enjoy off-beat formats and quirky plot lines; well acted, non-linear, challenging.

Don't see it if you like musicals, comedies, linear and clear plot lines which tell a specific story, or fancy scenery and props.

Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Great acting

See it if you enjoy nonlinear storytelling and want to see an outstanding acting performance from Heather Lind

Don't see it if you find it confusing when actors play multiple characters or the sequence of events is not linear

Ambitious, Clever, Confusing, Original, Intelligent

See it if you want to see one person playing 6 roles with absolute delineation of character. you want to watch a character evolve sexually/emotionally

Don't see it if you are put off by inconsistent accents and what at times feels as if some of the actors are confused about which character they are playing

Ambitious, Clever, Great staging, Intelligent

See it if You like clever takes on history You enjoy an exploration of an idea (memory/the brain) and don't mind the lack of a traditional story line.

Don't see it if You find discussions about memory and the brain is boring. You expect to sit back and be entertained

Clever, Ambitious, Great acting, Resonant, Indulgent

See it if you enjoy a four-person acting tour de force. Each cast member moves effortlessly between their various roles, inhabiting them perfectly.

Don't see it if you require a simple, linear story. This isn't that, though you get the whole picture of how the various lives connect by the conclusion.

Absorbing, Great acting, Masterful, Profound, Intense

See it if you want a thought provoking experience that is extremely well acted.

Don't see it if sit-coms are your thing.

Disappointing, Great acting, Great staging, Intelligent, Intense

See it if you want an intellectually-challenging night at the theatre.

Don't see it if you're looking for a show where you can sit back and enjoy it. INCOGNITO is a show that requires you to think.

Clever, Ambitious, Disappointing, Slow

See it if You want a very different plot. The stealing of Einstein's brain.

Don't see it if You want a show to make sense. Four actors multiple roles constantly switching.

Ambitious, Clever, Dizzying, Edgy, Great acting

See it if you want a cerebral play that is stark, stripped, & focused on stellar acting. This is fast-paced & deep. There are surreal elements, too.

Don't see it if watching four actors play multiple parts will confuse you; if you're looking for family-friendly fare; if you don't like cutting-edge drama.

Clever, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if You want to experience another intelligent play from Nick Payne.It has unusual subject matter and the great cast members play many roles

Don't see it if You prefer simple plays that don't require much attention span or complex plots.

Absorbing, Ambitious, Dizzying, Difficult to follow

See it if You like a well acted, thought provoking, confusing drama. Acting was wonderful. Story line and changing characters not easy to follow.

Don't see it if You cannot/ will not grapple with intellectual challenge. I admit, was hard to figure which part actors were playing and what it meant.

Clever, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Profound

See it if you like theater that challenges you and doesn't follow a linear plot line

Don't see it if you aren't willing to pay attention to actors weaving in and out of multiple characters

Also One of the most clever pieces of theater I have seen. Very well acted ... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Dizzying, Great acting, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if You are up for a nonlinear tale that weaves together science, memory, intrigue and heartbreak performed exquisitely by a stellar cast.

Don't see it if You don't like Nick Payne's other work/you need a straightforward plot/you aren't willing to work for it as an audience member

Great acting, Insipid, Indulgent, Slow, Confusing

See it if you want to see excellent actors overcome a weak and repetitive script.

Don't see it if you're tired of seeing Payne write about how time is useless, repetitive, and meaningless.

Absorbing, Great acting, Quirky, Confusing, Dizzying

See it if You want to see a rigorous acting workout. The cast play musical chairs with panache so be ready to focus from edge of YOUR chair!

Don't see it if Looking for elaborate staging or narrative structure or resolution. 3 story lines come at you crazy fast and not easy to follow. But do try!

Confusing, Dizzying, Unduly opaque, Ambitious, Indulgent

See it if You want to see a fine physical production and a fantastic acting performance by Charlie Cox.

Don't see it if Comprehension of theme and linear storytelling are important to you,

Absorbing, Dizzying, Confusing, Great acting, Masterful

See it if You want to see acting at its best. 4 actors 20+ characters. Confusing & dizzying at first, but then you get it..sort of. Go for acting.

Don't see it if You can't follow actors turning into different characters in seconds. It is fast and dizzying, so you must be patient.

Ambitious, Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Original

See it if you love new work that is both intellectually challenging and beautifully choreographed direction. Innovative, smart, moving, thoughtful.

Don't see it if you are too lazy to think, can't follow characters slipping in and out of multiple characters and story lines,

May 24th, 2016
"A lively, self-examining drama of ideas…The script’s diverse figures are embodied by an exceptionally supple ensemble of four…Remarkable for the clarity with which it graphs its various forms of confusion and delusion...'Incognito' doesn’t achieve the raw emotional force of 'Constellations.' But...
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May 24th, 2016
"Doug Hughes directs a solid cast (Cox is especially brilliant as the sweetly tragic Maison) in what is an impressive acting workout—if not completely revelatory drama. For all the engaging tidbits of information, the notion that personality, love or even genius are not hard-wired into the brain ...
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May 24th, 2016
"It's an extremely challenging assignment that the ensemble cast executes with admirable skill and precision...'Incognito' exerts a certain fascination, but it's also deeply frustrating...Despite its brevity, the play feels bloated, padded with such extraneous scenes...Payne tends to concentrate ...
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May 24th, 2016
"'Incognito' feels disjointed. Without the help of costumes, makeup, props, or different sets, it can be hard to follow how all of these lives intersect. But plot holes aside, the acting is superb. The actors have nothing to play off of but each other, and with what feels like a millisecond betwe...
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