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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)


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

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, Clever, Ambitious, Edgy, Great acting

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

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.

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

Ambitious, Great acting, Intelligent, Original

See it if Interested in this playwrights latest work

Don't see it if Have problems following multi stories

Clever, Ambitious, Intelligent, Original, Thought-provoking

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.

Thought-provoking, Great acting, Original

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.

Clever, Delightful, Innovative, Intelligent, Quirky

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.

Thought-provoking, Great acting, Clever, Great staging, Intense

See it if You enjoy interlocking stories & fast paced changing of roles

Don't see it if You want traditional narrative

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Confusing, Absorbing, Clever, Dizzying

See it if you can follow the many characters played by the same actors with just a change in attitude or accent.

Don't see it if like linear stories.

Clever, Entertaining, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Relevant

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.

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

See it if cerebral, science influence, intelligent

Don't see it if actors in multiple roles with many plots interleaved

Clever, Great acting, Intelligent, Confusing

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.

Absorbing, Clever, Ambitious, Great acting, Intelligent

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

Clever, Ambitious, Great acting, Indulgent

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.

Clever, Intelligent, Original, Intense

See it if You like unique plays with interesting story lines.

Don't see it if You don't want to see a thought provoking play with an interesting concept.

Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Profound, Thought-provoking

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

Absorbing, Ambitious, Edgy, Great writing, Thought-provoking

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.

Thought-provoking, Quirky, Great acting, Pretentious, Cerebral

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

Great acting, Great directing, Original, Clever, Disappointing

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.

Absorbing, Intelligent, Intense

See it if you like plays which go back and forth from on subject to another and back again.

Don't see it if want straight narrative.

Intelligent, Great acting, Clever, Ambitious, Absorbing

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.

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.

Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Edgy, Intelligent

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.

Great acting, Great writing, Intense, Deep, Edgy

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

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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