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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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!
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.
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,
See it if you like challenging, occasionally difficult to follow plot lines performed by four extremely gifted actors on a stark but utilitarian set
Don't see it if you're not interested in the brain or mental health, or have difficulty following rapidly ever-changing periods in time, place, and person
See it if you enjoy plays that don't follow the usual formula but are a little challenging for the audience.
Don't see it if you only like plays that tell a clear, linear story.
See it if enjoy actors playing multiple roles, Pinter, absurdist theater, great performances
Don't see it if like linear story telling, can't follow complicated plot lines
See it if you have an active imagination and like to be a bit challenged when you enjoy a play. Einstein's Brain is not a prerequisite.
Don't see it if you only like the straight forward, tell a linear story kind of play. Has some twists and turns and eventually winds up in a neat bow.