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Incognito

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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 (184)

MEMBERS SAY:

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

65
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.

66
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.

55
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.

66
Great acting, Great staging, Ambitious, Slow, Disappointing

See it if you enjoy a fabulous cast perform numerous characters with ease. This play was not as effective in story telling as Constellations.

Don't see it if want a straight forward to the point story, this is story telling in segments that could use some more cohesiveness/clarity.

58
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,

65
Great acting, Confusing, Disappointing

See it if You would love seeing 4 actors playing multiple roles.

Don't see it if You think you might be confused by the quick changes from one character to another by the same actor.

68
Ambitious, Original, Dizzying, Slow, Disappointing

See it if You are an avid theatre goer who would enjoy watching 4 competent actors tackle 20 characters while contemplating how the brain works

Don't see it if Wouldn't enjoy watching actors do what amounts to the robot between scene breaks or hear actors butcher foreign and regional accents.

65
Great acting, Confusing, Entertaining, Intelligent, Refreshing

See it if you want to see good acting by very talented actors

Don't see it if you want the play to make sense

60
Great acting, Indulgent, Overrated, Quirky, Intelligent

See it if you like Nick Payne plays and/or want to see a great exercise in acting. Intricate plots, scientific theories, fast pace with great acting.

Don't see it if you want the play to give you something new as you go long. After 30 minutes, it felt repetitive and predictable.

65
Confusing, Disappointing, Overrated

See it if You are really, really into challenging writing about neuroscience related stories

Don't see it if You don't like unclear stories which leave you wondering what the author's point was

65
Ambitious, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if you like to be engaged with what you're watching, and if you like stories with rich and multiple storylines.

Don't see it if you prefer plays that are straightforward or mindless.

60
Confusing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Ambitious

See it if u are good at puzzles, like very complicated interlocking (I think) stories, u want to see terrific young actors, esp. Heather Lind.

Don't see it if the science of consciousness doesn't interest you, extremely complicated plays with 4 actors playing over a dozen roles doesn't appeal

69
Great acting, Great staging, Intelligent, Indulgent, Confusing

See it if You want a play about science that thinks it's smarter than it is

Don't see it if You want a show that has courage to make choices and figure out what it wants to be about

66
Clever, Intense

See it if you can be satisfied with fine acting.

Don't see it if you are easily confused

65
Confusing, Hard to follow, Great acting, Not very memorable

See it if Really enjoy great actors playing various roles. Learn something about how our brains work.

Don't see it if You really enjoyed Constellations and how the storytelling was similar, but sadly it was not.

66
Confusing, Great acting, Great writing, Thought-provoking, Ambitious

See it if you enjoy ensemble, suggested storytelling and scientific subject matter

Don't see it if I had trouble tracking characters throughout the piece, and that was a huge element needed for it to be successful

50
Disappointing, Pretentious, Mixed-bag, Quirky, Dizzying

See it if You don't mind non-linear narratives, like episodic story-telling, and enjoy seeing actors switch character with lightening speed.

Don't see it if U find episodic storytelling disjointed, hate projected titles that explain what u r seeing & meaningless stylized movement between scenes.

During previews
65
Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Inconclusive, Well acted, Disappointing

See it if you like thinking about thinking. Female actors are strong, males not. Action not confusing if you're patient. Spare, no-frills production.

Don't see it if you want a point made; here, a bit about identity. Show is like a reading; no set, little action. Held my attention, but was disappointing.

During previews
69
Confusing, Ambitious, Great acting, Intelligent, Slow

See it if You liked Constellations by the same playwright. Similar in that it seems like an acting workshop rather than a play. Acting was good.

Don't see it if You like a clear storyline. It's confusing, although it does come together it doesn't help that all characters are played by Only 4 actors.

During previews
50
Ambitious, Confusing, Dizzying, Edgy, Pretentious

See it if You enjoy being confused. You enjoy pretentious writing that seems to want to snub the audience.

Don't see it if You don,t enjoy spending much of the time you are watching a play trying to figure it out + thinking this not enjoyable so why bother !

During previews
54
Great acting, Confusing, Dizzying, Intense, Overrated

See it if It was amusing to watch the game cast perform a dizzying array of characters with many different accents.

Don't see it if But it was ultimately confusing, and didn't add up to much. The 3 stories didn't mesh well. Pointless.

During previews
68
Ironically uncerebral

See it if 4 intertwined story lines that are all based on something having to do with the study of the brain or brain function yet not at all cerebral

Don't see it if The scene transitions were reminiscent of that recurring SNL skit about HS drama student productions with the cheesy percussion and choreo

During previews
60
Confusing, Original

See it if you majored in psychology as an undergrad

Don't see it if you like linear shows, or don't like shows that require a lot of the audience's brainpower

During previews
65
Ambitious, Clever, Great acting, Intelligent, Slow

See it if you're interested in themes to do with science, personality, free will.

Don't see it if you're looking for something deep and meaningful. A couple of the actors are great, the writing and concept are only so so.

During previews
69
Great acting, Indulgent

See it if You want to see something thought provoking that doesn't quite take you anywhere interesting. Occasionally entertaining, but not worth it.

Don't see it if You do not appreciate experimental and pretentious theater. It feels similar to other Nick Payne plays, which never really hit the mark.


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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