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 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,
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 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.
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 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 You want to enjoy excellent performances from everyone in the cast with a modern flair of movement and staging.
Don't see it if You don't like shows that require some extra concentration to fully enjoy as there are multiple stories/characters.
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.
See it if you want to see a play that will spark conversations about identity and life.
Don't see it if you can't overlook the very cheesy high school theater interpretative dance moments that break up the scenes.
See it if you like challenging subject matter, scientific themes, complicated chronology, Heather Lind MVB,
Don't see it if you prefer more traditional drama.
See it if you can follow actors playing multiple roles. They are all quick change artists in several clever pieces of story
Don't see it if you don't want to work/thin a little
See it if you want some innovation in acting and staging. The characters are well played and nicely defined.
Don't see it if If you have trouble following multiple characters played by just one actor.
See it if You love riveting and captivating meditations on life, humanity, and the mind. The performances are masterful and the script is impeccable.
Don't see it if You prefer lighter fare, more ostentatious theater and escapism. Don't see if you don't like minimalism and thought-provoking theater
See it if you like an intimate play with actors who transform into different characters before your eyes; if you like thought-provoking theater
Don't see it if you're easily bored; if you are bothered by nonlinear plot structures, if you're easily confused.
See it if You enjoy virtuoso acting performances, like nonlinear plots, and can tolerate some gratuitous avant-gardeness
Don't see it if You need a linear plot, are looking for depth about Einstein or the brain, expect it to be as good as "The Effect" because that had feeling
See it if you like cerebral plays. Great cast and direction. Script is cold though.
Don't see it if you like traditional plays with a beginning, middle and end. Also, don't see it if you're tired. complex & fast-paced.
See it if you enjoy fast-paced, thought-provoking, interwoven, non-linear narratives.
Don't see it if you're easily confused and like to talk about your confusion loudly during the performance, like so many of the irritating MTC subscribers.
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.
See it if you're interested in psychology, neuropsych, neurobio, science, etc. Can be a bit of work to keep up with no knowledge going in
Don't see it if you have no interest in the science/history of it. Need big sets/costumes. Can't deal with multiple characters/actor.
See it if you're ready to piece the puzzle of a masterful show together, you want incredible actors taking on the challenge of this show
Don't see it if you want a light and simple piece of theatre, you get confused easily by cross-cutting and actors playing multiple roles
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