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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

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

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.

During previews
Confusing, Dizzying, Excruciating

See it if You're able to keep tons of confusing plots in your head straight, where actors constantly switch between characters.

Don't see it if You need to stay awake, as many were yawning and had their eyes closed. Extremely confusing and impossible to make sense of.

During previews
Confusing, Disappointing

See it if you are a braniac who can connect many non-linear dots. Don't blink or you will loose the whole show. However, the acting is very good.

Don't see it if you want a clear, understandable play. Three stories, 20+ characters all mashed together.

During previews
Banal, Confusing, Disappointing, Excruciating, Slow

See it if Obnoxious, combative, uncomfortable. Each actor played 4 chars. It seemed the chars were always in conflict. Either one was yelling or was

Don't see it if accusatory and was pulling words out of the other. 2 stories. One re a man who lost his memory and the other re a man who stole Einstein's b

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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